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Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation

Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation
Principles in Use

First Edition
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July 2019 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Editor J. Bradley Cousins and colleagues meet the needs of evaluators seeking to implement collaborative and participatory approaches to evaluation in Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation: Principles in Use. Using a multi-phase empirical process to develop and validate a set of principles to guide collaborative approaches to evaluation, the book outlines the principles that the team developed, and then provides case studies of how these principles have been applied in practice. The case studies draw on programs globally in education, health, and community development. The book is an invaluable supplementary text for program evaluation courses where students’ projects are focused on more collaborative and participatory approaches, and it is an essential resource for practicing evaluators and those who commission program evaluations.

Volume Editors’ Introduction
Editorial Board Members
About the Editor
Chapter 1 • Situating Evidence-Based Principles to Guide Practice in Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation (CAE)
Chapter 2 • Participatory Evaluation of Cancer Prevention and Care Services: A Case Study From Valle de la Estrella, Costa Rica
Chapter 3 • Promoting Learning Through a Collaborative Approach to Evaluation: A Retrospective Examination of the Process and Principles
Chapter 4 • The Saafa Program for Excellence in the Sciences: An Application of the Principles to Guide Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation
Chapter 5 • Toward a Better Understanding of Evaluation Use and Collaborative Approaches: A Case Study of a School Improvement Program Evaluation
Chapter 6 • Roles and Functions of the Community Manager Within the Framework of Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation (CAE): Case Analysis of the Galibar Community Development Plan (Spain)
Chapter 7 • Building Capacity in Program Practitioner Realist Evaluation Through Application of CAE Principles
Chapter 8 • Comparing the Validity of Two Sets of Evaluation Principles: Adding Value to Both
Chapter 9 • The View From the Classroom: A Reflection on the Use of the CAE Principles in a Pedagogical Setting
Chapter 10 • CAE Principles: What Have We Learned?

“Cousins and his contributors systematically distill and hone evidence-based principles through lived experiences that otherwise stand alone. It is an invaluable reminder of the richness that can only emerge from participatory evaluation research.”

Nancy Stutts
Virginia Commonwealth University
Key features


  • Introductions for the overarching structure of each “Part” of the book (intro, field studies, integration) provides guidance to help readers decide how deeply to immerse in sections.
  • Chapter overviews and abstracts help readers grasp the essential contribution of the chapter and serve as an advance organizer.
  • Reference citations within chapters enables instructors to use the chapters as stand-alone readings.
  • Questions for reflection facilitate knowledge consolidation at the individual level through reflection and at the group level for discussion.
  • Series editors' preface and editor's preface help orient readers and situate the book in the larger field.


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