How can evaluation be used most effectively, and what are the strengths and weaknesses of the various methods? Colin Robson provides guidance in a clear and uncluttered way. The issue of collaboration is examined step-by-step; stakeholder models are compared with techniques such as participatory evaluation and practitioner-centred action research; ethical and political considerations are placed in context; and the best ways of communicating findings are discussed. Each chapter is illustrated with helpful exercises to show the practical application of the issues covered, making this an invaluable introduction for anyone new to evaluation.
The What and the Why
The Advantages of Collaboration
Ethical and Political Considerations
Designs for Different Purposes
Getting Answers to Evaluation Questions
Communicating the Findings
A really useful and clear text summarising the what, why and how of evaluation studies.
A clear text that considers the relevant questions around small-case evaluation. It is essential reading for applied psychologists or other practitioners who are involved in real-world research and evaluation of short-term projects.