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The revised text provides an informative discussion about a range of evaluation topics and thoughtful structured activities related to each topic. The structured activities provide an opportunity to learn more about and reflect on each topic, resulting in one of the most unique and useful texts on evaluation in terms of content and design.
This book is a go-to resource for anyone teaching program evaluation—professors designing formal coursework, trainers conducting professional development, and staff members seeking to build evaluation capacity in their organization. Each chapter provides detailed lesson plans (including time estimates, materials needed, and appropriate handouts) that should empower even novice facilitators to adapt the activities for use in their practice. The expanded content is a welcome addition to a field that increasingly seeks to build evaluation capacity at multiple levels in organizations.
Building evaluation capacity is the largest challenge facing the evaluation profession. There's no better book on how to do it. Practical, clear, relevant, and useful. Engage in these activities, capacity will be built, and evaluations will be useful.
Preskill and Russ-Eft have created a gem with their Second Edition. It takes readers on a systematic journey through evaluation that provides clearly defined and engaging activities that develop the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful evaluator. Those who already own the first edition will find this new edition contains eighteen additional activities that allow them to provide even more comprehensive development to their students, employees and peers.
Preskill and Russ-Eft have collected an impressive number of useful and evocative activities to build the capacity of current and future program evaluators. Teachers of program evaluation and professional evaluators will find this excellent compendium of ideas and wisdom about evaluation an essential toolkit for their library.