Program Evaluation: Principles and Practices

Short Description

Commissioned by the Northwest Health Foundation, the authors, professors and practitioners, have created a guide for program evaluation that is applicable across disciplines.  The first section provides background on the process, benefits, and application of evaluation and identifies potential challenges in implementing evaluation plans.  The authors proceed to guide the reader through the steps of program evaluation, beginning with clearly identifying evaluation goals and key questions to be answered.  A worksheet provides graphic representation for connecting core concepts of the program to key indicators and evaluation methods.  Discussion of data collection addresses concerns of reliability, validity, confidentiality, and cultural awareness.  As part of the description of data collection methods, the authors provide a side-by-side, time vs. value comparison of several of the most common techniques.  The authors provide sample survey instruments, and focus group agendas and questions, and a brief explanation of secondary data collection methods as a means to supplement primary collection sources.  Some of the examples provided are exclusive to the health care field, but the process and tools described by the authors are easily adapted to the environmental field and could prove useful for field staff and program administrators.

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Format and Retrieval

Retrieved from Northwest Health Foundation website: http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52b20be1e4b09f7904dfa46f/t/52e1483fe4b0d50c51849978/1390495807773/NWHF_Program_Eval_Handbook.pdf

Suggested Citation

Gelmon, S.B., Foucek, S. & Waterbury, A. (2005) Program Evaluation: Principles and Practices. (2nd ed.).