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Evaluation in Today’s World

Evaluation in Today’s World
Respecting Diversity, Improving Quality, and Promoting Usability

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September 2020 | 468 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Evaluation in Today’s World: Respecting Diversity, Improving Quality, and Promoting Usability is a timely and comprehensive textbook that guides students, practitioners, and users of evaluations in understanding evaluation purposes, theories, methodologies, and challenges within today’s sociocultural and political context. Veronica G. Thomas and Patricia B. Campbell include discussions of evaluation history, frameworks, models, types, planning, and methods, through a social justice, diversity, and inclusive lens. The authors focus on ethics in diverse cultural contexts, help readers understand how social problems and programs get politicized and, sometimes, framed through a racialized lens, show how to engage stakeholders in the evaluation process, and communicate results in culturally appropriate ways.

1. Evaluations of future: Inclusive, equity-focused, useful and used
2. Evaluation ethics and quality standards
3. Historical evolution of program evaluation
4. Evaluation paradigms, theories, and models
5. Social justice and evaluation: Theories, challenges, frameworks and paradigms
6. Evaluation types with a cultural and racial equity lens
7. Social programming, social justice, and evaluation
8. Responsive stakeholder engagement and democratizing the evaluation process
9. Planning the evaluation
10. Evaluation questions that matter
11. Selecting appropriate evaluation designs
12. Defining, collecting, and managing data
13. The best analysis for the data
14. Reporting, disseminating, and using evaluation results
15. Evaluation as a business
16. Interconnections and practical connections


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“Very rarely are issues related to race, class and power discussed so eloquently and effectively within an evaluation text.”

John Ridings
The Institute for Clinical Social Work

“Thomas and Campbell have taken topics that are often only alluded to in program evaluation texts, and brought them to the forefront, highlighting the importance of understanding the diversity of society when developing effective evaluations.”

Marcus-Antonio Galeste
Arizona State University

Evaluation in Today’s World is a much needed, useful and relevant text, which bridges the evaluation process and methods with our cultural, historical and political climate. It integrates diverse activities, methods and applications that will help prepare students to become successful future practitioners and evaluators.”

Karen Tinsley
Guilford College

Evaluation in Today’s World covers the salient features of research and evaluation in clear language and includes the often overlooked impact of cultural awareness and understanding throughout the research process. In an increasingly multicultural and complex society, the authors have created a resource to help budding researchers evaluate their goals, needs, and biases as they enter this fascinating field.”

Brenda S. Gerhardt
University of Dayton

“This is the most comprehensive text on evaluation that I have seen. The section on ethics challenges students to reflect on their own beliefs and values, and how those might cause bias in evaluation.”

Sandra Handwerk
Albany State University

“This text provides a strong voice to support the inclusion of social justice issues in evaluation planning, implementation, analysis, and reporting.”

Debra J. Dirksen
Western New Mexico University
Key features
  • “Voices in the Field” introduce readers to timely, thought-provoking commentaries, and critical assessments or alternative perspectives from scholars and practitioners about relevant issues in evaluation.
  • Reflect and Discuss features present readers with key issues or questions to encourage critical thinking and group discussion.  
  • Case Studies introduce real or hypothetical cases applying a particular theoretical, methodological, or practice issue in evaluation.
  • Task-based activities require readers to do something, either individually or in small groups, involving the application of evaluation-related knowledge or issues covered throughout the book.
  • Pedagogical features such as learning objectives, a glossary of key terms, supplementary resource links, and appendices of checklists and other tools for evaluators reinforce the material.

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ISBN: 9781544348162