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"We can be grateful that Dr. Stake decided to cap his distinguished career by sharing his ideas in writing. This is a book that evaluators will want to have in their personal library. It tells us a lot about our field, highlights contrasting ways of evaluating without pitting one against the other, and manages to remind us why many of us chose this line of work in the first place."

--EVALUATION AND PROGRAM PLANNING

Authored by a master writer and evaluator, Standards-Based and Responsive Evaluation
explores the many conceptual choices an evaluator needs to make when doing an evaluation, devoting attention to stakeholders, weighing ethical risks, and writing a useful report.

The book begins with the main strategic choices an evaluator needs to make between approaches: quantitatively,by explicating criteria, needs, standards, and performances, or qualitatively, by studying the activity, aspirations, problems, and accomplishments of the participants and critical observers. After reading the text, students will have a better appreciation of evaluation as a process that needs to be custom-fit to the situation. Throughout the book, Stake presents evaluation as a series of choices for the reader:

- To remain independent or to join with program staff or stakeholders
- To value personal experience as evidence or to shun it as biased
- To aid development formatively or to assess the existing program summatively
- To use issues, goals, gains, efficiency, or problem solving as the key conceptual structure
- To invest small or large in trying out and validating data-gathering procedures
- To support the standards and ethical codes of professional associations

Standards-Based and Responsive Evaluation will prove an essential text for program evaluation courses in education, nursing, social work, psychology, sociology, communication, and anthropology. Experienced researchers and professional evaluators will also find this an invaluable reference for a more experiential, interpretive approach to evaluation work and policy setting.

Key Features:

- Provides readers with the tools they need to make choices while practicing evaluation
- Employs quotations, poetry, and cartoons to help the reader "experience" the concepts of evaluation
- Includes boxed examples from a variety of cases, giving readers the opportunity to compare an actual evaluation situation with one in which they may be engaged
- Allows readers to access extensive examples of evaluation reports, coding excerpts, and more, through a complementary Web site appendix

 
First Words
 
1. Criterial and Interpretive Evaluation
The Ubiquitous Search For Quality  
Standards  
Criterial and Episodic Thinking  
Roles and Styles of Evaluation  
Formative and Summative Evaluation  
The Evaluand  
The Evaluator  
 
2. Roles, Models, and Dispositions
Models  
Dispositions  
Roles  
 
3. Standards-Based Evaluation
Standards-Based  
Bias  
Factors  
Criteria and Standards for Comparisons  
Needs Assessment  
Goals  
Costs  
Representations of Performance  
What Goes Wrong  
 
4. Responsive Evaluation
Issues as Conceptual Structure  
Observations and Judgments  
Perceptions  
Combining Responsive and Standards-Based Evaluation  
Experience as Knowledge  
Organizing and Reporting  
Procedures  
What Goes Wrong  
 
5. Data Gathering
Choosing Data Sources  
Instrumentation  
Recipient Responses  
Staff and Management Responses  
Stakeholder and Public Responses  
Data Coding and Records Processing  
Surveys  
Observation Schedules  
Interviewing  
Histories and Artifacts  
 
6. Analysis, Synthesis, and Meta-evaluation
Analysis  
Synthesis  
Experiential and Probative Inferences  
Meta-evaluation  
An Ethic of Continuous Self-Challenge  
 
7.Clients, Stakeholders, Beneficiaries and Readers
Participatory Evaluation  
Stakeholding  
Utilization  
Democratic Evaluation  
Negotiation of a Contract  
Writing Reports  
Styles of Reporting  
Representations of the Evaluand  
Names and Labels  
Cutting Edge  
Offering Recommendations  
 
8. Issues Needing Interpretation
Complexity  
Program Standardization  
 
Program Fairness
Staff Development  
 
9. Evidence-Based Evaluation
Is Evaluation Science?  
Petite and Grand Generalizations  
Policy Evaluation  
Bias  
Skepticism as a Commitment  
 
10. Doing It Right
Quality Work Is Ethical Work  
Personal Standards  
Professional Standards  
Human Subjects Protection  
Confidentiality and Anonymity  
The Business of Evaluation  
Personnel Evaluation  
Product Evaluation  
Political and Cultural Contexts  
 
Last Words
 
References
 
Bibliography
 
Index
 
About the Author

We can be grateful that Dr. Stake decided to cap his distinguished career by sharing his ideas in writing. This is a book that evaluators will want to have in their personal library. It tells us a lot about our field, highlights contrasting ways of evaluating without pitting one against the other, and manages to remind us why many of us chose this line of work in the first place.

EVALUATION AND PROGRAM PLANNING

Offers a critical and participatory perspective on Program Evaluation

Professor Roderick J Watts
Psychology Program, City Univ Of New York Grad Ctr
August 19, 2015

I think my students will love this book because it is very pratical and adresses all the essential aspects of conducting an evaluation. This counts for the web appendix as well

Professor Frans Janssens
Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, Twente University
September 20, 2010
Key features
    • One of today's leading evaluators provides readers with the tools they need to make choices when doing an evaluation.
    • The text is engagingly written.
    • The author uses quotations, poetry, and some cartons to help the reader "experience" the concepts of evaluation.
    • Boxed examples from a variety of actual cases offer readers the opportunity to compare an actual evaluation situation with the one in which they may be engaged.
    • A Web site allows readers to access extensive examples of evaluation reports, coding excerpts, etc.

 


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