Embedding Evaluation into Program Design and Development
- Susan P. Giancola - University of Delaware, USA
Program Evaluation: Embedding Evaluation into Program Design and Development provides an in-depth examination of the foundations, methods, and relevant issues in the field of evaluation. With an emphasis on an embedded approach, where evaluation is an explicit part of a program that leads to the refinement of the program, students will learn how to conduct effective evaluations that foster continual improvement and enable data-based decision making. This text provides students with both the theoretical understanding and the practical tools to conduct effective evaluations while being rigorous enough for experienced evaluators looking to expand their approach to evaluation.
An Instructor website to accompany this book is available at: study.sagepub.com/giancola1e
Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:
- Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
- Lecture Notes, including Outline and Objectives, which may be used for lecture and/or student handouts.
- A Sample Syllabus provides a suggested course model for using the book.
- Assignments and a semester-long course project are available for download, along with grading rubrics.
- Full-text case studies and journal articles are accompanied by critical thinking/discussion questions.
- Tables and figures from the printed book are available in an easily-downloadable format for use in papers, hand-outs, and presentations.
“This book is a must for anyone who has looked across a lectern at a sea of panicked expressions on the first day of a program evaluation class. Program Evaluation will calm everyone's nerves and create a bit of excitement at the prospect of learning how to evaluate programs and activities.”
“An excellent addition to books on program evaluation. This book's practicality and focus on techniques of embedding evaluations in program design and development is invaluable. Multiple audiences including graduate students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers would find the text useful.”
“This is a great book that provides the details you need to teach and study program evaluation. The author has tremendous skill and ability to present the materials in and interesting and understandable fashion.”
“This text would be a great addition to a research methods course providing the history as well as the various types of program evaluations for the appropriate type of programs.”
“This unique book relates contemporary realities of program evaluation with a particular focus on 'how to' with relevant real-world examples. This well-conceptualized and well-written piece provides much needed insights on the rudiments of evaluation from the very beginning to the end and serves as invaluable resource to faculty, students, policy makers and key administrators across various levels of government/public affairs. The author candidly narrates the benefits and challenges of evaluation in ways that everyone involved in any form of evaluation at any level can relate to. The book's uniqueness makes it a key addition to the existing literature on evaluation in theory, policy, and praxis terms.”
“This book serves as an excellent 'How to Manual' for conducting program evaluations. The presentation is both interesting and concise.”