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Evaluation Time
A Practical Guide for Evaluation

September 2022 | 608 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book is an accessible, contemporary, and comprehensive guide to the concepts and practice of evaluation. Authors Gail Vallance Barrington and Beverly Triana-Tremain integrate new approaches and concerns, and classic frameworks with practical tools that readers can use to design evaluation studies. They show how evaluators measure whether the planned and implemented interventions or services are achieving their goals and objectives, while focusing on the questions most important to the community and organizations in which the evaluation takes place. The book stresses the role of critical and evaluative thinking, as well as self-reflection, and demonstrates the importance of context and equity in today’s turbulent environment, offering a new stance for evaluators to support global as well as local issues.

An instructor website for this book at provides essay questions and activities, as well as editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides for use with the book.

Part 1 Fundamentals of Evaluation
Chapter 1 The Scope of Evaluation
Chapter 2 How Evaluators Think
Chapter 3 Program Logic
Part 2 Evaluation and the Program Life Cycle
Chapter 4 Pre- and Early Program Evaluation
Chapter 5 Mid-Cycle Program Evaluation
Chapter 6 End of Cycle Program Evaluation
Part 3 Evaluation Methods
Chapter 7 Using Quantitative Methods in Evaluation
Chapter 8 Using Qualitative Methods in Evaluation
Chapter 9 Using Mixed Methods in Evaluation
Part 4 Communicating about Evaluation
Chapter 10 The Evaluation Plan
Chapter 11 Communication, Reporting, and Use
Chapter 12 Evaluation Context and the Evaluator’s New Stance


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This is an excellent and accessible resource for both students and practitioners of program evaluation. The chapter on ‘Using Mixed Methods in Evaluation’ alone is worth the investment in this book.

Debra Bartelli
University of Memphis

This text fills a much needed gap by providing an accessible resource for students taking program evaluation for the first time.

Shane R. Brady
University of Oklahoma

The comprehensiveness of the text is its greatest strength. It hits all the right keys. It has an easy readability, and an excellent mix of text, graphics, teaching tools.

Nancy G. Calleja
University of Detroit Mercy

With a focus on the practical aspects of evaluation, this textbook also integrates very relevant, and frequently overlooked, theoretical and conceptual frameworks that are extremely valuable for evaluators.

Sebastian Galindo
University of Florida

This book provides students with real-life relatable examples of program evaluation. It's an interesting read, and a must-use in the classroom!

Heather Lenz
Case Western Reserve University

A very interesting and practical introduction to program evaluation. The authors have provided sound arguments for conducting evaluations and a strong introduction to essential considerations in carrying through evaluations for the betterment of the agency, stakeholders and society as a whole.

Ted L. Miller
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

This is a thorough guide to conducting evaluation that addresses both concepts and practice. It provides a comprehensive view of all that evaluation entails, and delivers that content in a way that is very consumable to readers... well worth keeping beyond the class.

Richard S. Mohn
University of Southern Mississippi

This is an excellent guide for anyone interested in conducting or learning about program evaluation. It looks at evaluation through new lens, recognizing the importance of diversity, the connection of local issues with global issues, and presents the material in a clear, easy to follow and digestible manner.

Sandra Schrouder
Barry University

“Gail Vallance Barrington and Beverly Triana-Tremain have written the quintessential book on evaluation for students new to the science and those who need an updating.

Randy Schultz
California State University, Bakersfield

This text offers a comprehensive yet practical introduction to program evaluation. The authors integrate new approaches, classic frameworks, and practical tools that students can use to design evaluation studies.

Denna Wheeler
Oklahoma State University
Key features
  • Mind Maps orient readers to the concepts in the book.
  • Learning Objectives are coupled with the Main Ideas at the end of the chapter for an enhanced learning experience.
  • Lead Stories are intended to pique students’ interest and warm them up for the chapter ahead.
  • Examples of evaluation studies that embody the concepts presented are provided throughout the book.
  • Metaphors from everyday life help readers visualize the concepts under discussion.
  • Figures, Tables, and Boxes help readers with different learning styles gain and retain information.
  • Spotlights on Equity highlight real evaluators and their solutions to evaluation challenges.
  • Expert Corners feature carefully selected professionals who are deep thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders.
  • Key Terms that are specific to the evaluation field are bolded the first time they appear in the book, and their definitions are provided in the Glossary.
  • The Main Ideas list 10 statements related to important chapter content.
  • Critical Thinking Questions push students to think harder and deeper about what they have just read.
  • Student Challenges encourage students to investigate specific aspects of the evaluation field and apply the concepts in practical ways.
  • Additional Readings and Resources are curated lists that include related journal articles that illuminate concepts presented in each chapter, tools to use in an evaluation, evaluation examples, books for further reading, and guidance documents on evaluation best practices.

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