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Evaluation Roots

Evaluation Roots
A Wider Perspective of Theorists’ Views and Influences

Second Edition
Edited by:

June 2013 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Evaluation Roots: A Wider Perspective of Theorists’ Views and Influences, Second Edition, provides a contemporary examination of evaluation theories and traces their evolution. Marvin C. Alkin shows how theories are related to one another, especially in terms of how new theories build on existing ideas. The way in which these evaluation "roots" grow to form a tree helps provide readers with a better understanding of evaluation theory. In addition to the editor's overview, the book contains essays by leading evaluation theorists that describe the evaluators’ personal theories and how they were developed.

**All royalties from sales of this book are donated to support the AEA Research on Evaluation Student Award.**


Marvin C. Alkin
Editor's Introduction
Part I. Introduction
Marvin C. Alkin
1. Comparing Evaluation Points of View
Christina A. Christie and Marvin C. Alkin
2. An Evaluation Theory Tree
Part II. Methods
William R. Shadish and Jason K. Luellen
3. Donald Campbell: The Accidental Evaluator
Robert F. Boruch
4. Roots, Cahoots, and Counsel
Thomas D. Cook
5. Causal Generalization: How Campbell and Cronbach Influenced My Theoretical Thinking on This Topic
Jennifer C. Greene
6. The Educative Evaluator: An Interpretation of Lee J. Cronbach's Vision of Evaluation
Peter H. Rossi
7. My Views of Evaluation and Their Origins
Huey T. Chen
8. The Roots and Growth of Theory-Driven Evaluation: An Integrated Perspective for Assessing Viability, Effectuality, and Transferability
Carol Hirschon Weiss
9. Rooting for Evaluation: Digging Into Beliefs
Melvin M. Mark and Gary T. Henry
10. Multiple Routes: Evaluation, Assisted Sensemaking, and Pathways to Betterment
George F. Madaus
11. Ralph W. Tyler's Contribution to Program Evaluation
Part III. Valuing
Michael Scriven
12. Conceptual Revolutions in Evaluation: Past, Present, and Future
H. M. Levin
13. Cost-Effectiveness Evaluation in Education
Robert E. Stake
14. Responsive Evaluation IV
Ernest R. House
15. Work Memoir--Ideas and Influences
Jennifer C. Greene
16. Making the World a Better Place Through Evaluation
Yvonna S. Lincoln and Egon G. Guba
17. The Roots of Fourth Generation Evaluation: Theoretical and Methodological Origins
Donna M. Mertens
18. Social Transformation and Evaluation
Part IV. Use
Daniel L. Stufflebeam
19. The CIPP Evaluation Model: Status, Origin, Development, Use, Theory
Joseph S. Wholey
20. Using Evaluation to Improve Program Performance and Results
Eleanor Chelimsky
21. Evaluation Purposes, Perspectives, and Practice
Marvin C. Alkin
22. Context-Sensitive Evaluation
Michael Quinn Patton
23. The Roots of Utilization-Focused Evaluation
David M. Fetterman
24. Empowerment Evaluation: Learning to Think Like an Evaluator
Hallie Preskill
25. The Transformational Power of Evaluation: Passion, Purpose, and Practice
Jean A. King
26. Getting People Involved: The Origin of Interactive Evaluation Practice
J. Bradley Cousins
27. Privileging Empiricism in Our Profession: Understanding Use Through Systematic Inquiry
Part V. Evaluation Roots: A Wider Perspective
Nicoletta Stame
28. A European Evaluation Theory Tree
Patricia J. Rogers and E. Jane Davidson
29. Australian and New Zealand Evaluation Theorists
Marvin C. Alkin, Christina A. Christie, and Anne T. Vo
30. Evaluation Theory: A Wider Roots Perspective
Elliott W. Eisner
31. The Roots of Connoisseurship and Criticism: A Personal Journey
John M. Owen
32. Evaluation Forms: Toward an Inclusive Framework for Evaluative Practice
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Editor
About the Contributors

This book provides a comprehensive overview of classical and current theories and debates related to program evaluation. It is coherent and consistant in its structure, and well written.

Dr Marc Johnson
Education Faculty, Ottawa University-Ottawa
May 6, 2014

The book provides an updated examination of current evaluation theories and traces their evolution and inter-connection. The way in which these evaluation theories grew to form a 3D tree helps to provide a better understanding of the method, value and use of evaluation. In addition to the editor's overview, the book contains essays by leading evaluation theorists. In these easays, the evaluators comment on their own development and give their views of their placement upon the tree.

Professor Frans Janssens
Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, Twente University
February 10, 2013

too detailed for our students' needs but useful those with a particular interest

Dr Suzanne Edwards
Medicine, Swansea University
July 13, 2012
Key features

New to the Second Edition

  • Twenty-four chapters are new or substantially revised, providing readers with fresh insights and updated reflections from the key theorists who have shaped the field.
  • The book now includes international perspectives in chapters on evaluation theory in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

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