An Introduction to Evaluation

1st Edition

Chris Fox; Robert Grimm; Rute Caldeira
eISBN-13: 9781473987807

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Both practical and theoretical in approach, this book is the perfect companion for student researchers and policy makers alike. It provides actionable advice for planning and implementing evaluations, while also instilling an ability to assess the evaluations of others and consider the ways in which evaluation evidence could influence policy and practice.

Drawing upon a wide range of examples from policy areas like education, criminal justice, and health and social care, this book showcases how evaluation is an interdisciplinary research practice with a spectrum of applications. Each chapter contains philosophical underpinnings and applied knowledge as well as examples from published evaluations.

Specific topics include how to:

Choose an approach to evaluation
Plan, design, and conduct evaluations
Approach evaluations using theories of change
Differentiate between process, impact, and economic evaluations
Understand the role of quantitative and qualitative methods in data collection
Use systematic reviews and other tools to assess and disseminate evaluation findings

From getting started in the field to turning evidence into policy, this book will guide you through every step of the evaluation process.

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ISBNs 9781473902879, 1473987806
Language English
Number of Pages 328
Edition 1st