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Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Fourth Edition


© 2008 | 688 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Fourth Edition of the bestselling Utilization-Focused Evaluation provides expert, detailed advice on conducting program evaluations from one of leading experts. Chock full of useful pedagogy—including a unique utilization-focused evaluation checklist—this book presents Michael Quinn Patton's distinctive opinions based on more than thirty years of experience.

Key Features of the Fourth Edition

    • Provides thoroughly updated materials including more international content; new references; new exhibits and sidebars; and new examples, stories, and cartoons
    • Includes follow-up exercises at the end of each chapter
    • Features a utilization-focused evaluation checklist
    • Gives greater emphasis on mixed methods
    • Analyzes the pluses and minuses of the increased emphasis on accountability and performance measurement in government at all levels
    • Details the explosion of international evaluation

Intended Audience

Both theoretical and practical, this core text is an essential resource for students enrolled in Program Evaluation courses in a variety of disciplines—including public administration, government, social sciences, education, and management. Practitioners will also find this text invaluable.

 
PART I. TOWARD MORE USEFUL EVALUATIONS
 
1. Evaluation Use: Both Challenge and Mandate
 
2. What Is Utilization-Focused Evaluation? How Do You Get Started?
 
3. Fostering Intended Use by Intended Users: The Personal Factor
 
4. Intended Uses of Findings
 
5. Intended Process Uses: Impacts of Evaluative Thinking and Experiences
 
PART II. FOCUSING EVALUATIONS: CHOICES, OPTIONS, AND DECISIONS
 
6. Situational Evaluation: Being Active-Reactive-Interactive-Adaptive
 
7. Focusing on Outcomes: Beyond the Goals Clarification Game
 
8. Evaluation Focus Options: Developmental Evaluation and Other Alternatives
 
9. Implementation Evaluation: What Happened in the Program?
 
10. Conceptualizing the Intervention: Alternatives for Evaluating Theories of Change
 
PART III. APPROPRIATE METHODS
 
11. Evaluations Worth Using: Utilization-Focused Methods Decisions
 
12. The Paradigms Debate and a Utilization-Focused Synthesis
 
13. The Meanings and Reporting of Evaluation Findings: Analysis, Interpretation, Judgment, and Recommendations
 
PART IV. REALITIES AND PRACTICALITIES OF UTILIZATION-FOCUSED EVALUATION
 
14. Power, Politics, and Ethics
 
15. Utilization-Focused Evaluation: Processes and Premises
Key features

This new edition features:

  • New developments in stakeholder analysis
  • Incorporation of utilization-focused checklist
  • Greater emphasis on mixed methods
  • Increased emphasis on accountability in the federal government, e.g. No Child Left Behind
  • Explosion of international evaluation
  • Updated web references, examples, and citations

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ISBN: 9781412958615