A Practical Guide to Program Evaluation Planning: Theory and by Debra J. Holden, PhD, Marc A. Zimmerman

By Debra J. Holden, PhD, Marc A. Zimmerman

A pragmatic consultant to software review making plans: idea and Case Examples presents a step by step method to lead evaluators in making plans a entire, but possible, software evaluation-from begin to design-within any context. No publication at the moment out there delineate the mandatory steps for getting ready to behavior an assessment. The co-editors of this article built a version to steer the complicated means of making plans for application reviews in various settings. This version, entitled evaluate making plans Incorporating Context (EPIC), builds on earlier paintings via supplying a pragmatic, utilized step by step method for making plans a software overview in any atmosphere. Contributing authors then use the EPIC version to explain an assessment method that they in various settings. The EPIC version and the case examples provided during this e-book supply evaluators with the conceptual instruments and a framework for pondering the pre-evaluation initiatives which may be helpful for a winning, beneficial, and informative review. Key FeaturesPresent new evaluate making plans version that gives a step-by step method for the way to devise for a application overview in any contextIntroduces scholars to the problems in making plans for an review inside of chosen contexts utilizing case studiesFocuses on making plans ahead of layout by way of delivering useful counsel to devise an review from the beginning, earlier than a layout can or has been determinedIntended AudienceThis is a crucial supplemental textual content for assessment classes.

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3 Types of Outcomes Type of Outcome Description of Outcome Short-term or process (also referred to as formative) Measures specific to each evaluation question assessed within the first year of program implementation: Short-term measures are typically formative in nature with a focus on the process of program implementation. Intermediate or effectiveness (also referred to as summative or impact) Measures specific to each evaluation question assessed within the first few years of program implementation: Intermediate outcomes are typically related to behavior or policy change, with a focus on the direct or indirect effects of the program on participants, as well as larger systems and possibly the community (Patton, 1997).

In large school districts, we have found that a written application and approval from a districtwide committee is often required for research or evaluation projects. School-level staff are not 03-Holden-45689:03-Holden-45689 8/9/2008 Planning for an Education Evaluation 4:53 PM Page 39 39 always aware of this process and may provide verbal approval that later requires district approval. , a program committee and a research committee), and the lines are not always clear as to where a particular evaluation belongs because most new programs also have an evaluation component.

In this scenario, each evaluation question would likely require some type of data collection at the local level. Therefore, if the evaluation questions were to include the domains of program costeffectiveness, delivery of adequate and timely services to patients, and program management, this array of issues would translate into a great deal of data that local programs would be responsible for collecting and providing to the evaluator. If the local programs were to receive little or no funding to assist with the program evaluation, then this issue would need to be discussed with the program stakeholders and sponsors so that they would 02-Holden-45689:02-Holden-45689 8/9/2008 4:11 PM Page 27 Evaluation Planning Here and Now 27 understand what the programs were being asked to do.

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