Practical Program Evaluation introduces students to the real world of evaluation, focusing on issues that arise in professional practice. Author Huey T Chen concentrates on the steps vital to program evaluation: systematically identifying stakeholder needs, selecting evaluation options best suited to particular needs and reconciling any necessary tradeoffs, and turning the decisions into action. Using illustrative examples from the field, the book details the methods and procedures involved in analyzing and identifying stakeholder expectations and selecting an evaluation strategy. The principles and strategies presented are reinforced with theoretical justification. This provides students and professional evaluators the knowledge and flexibility to design suitable evaluations and follow them through from start to finish.Key Features: * Adds perspective to program evaluation theory, furnishing students with the tools needed to conceptualize problems and strategies to tackle them * Provides a practical evaluation taxonomy as a road map for evaluators to facilitate better communication with stakeholders * Covers evaluation as full program cycle, including planning, initial implementation, mature implementation, and outcomes * Illustrates qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research approaches and their impact on program evaluation * Highlights both the art and science of program evaluation.
Practical Program Evaluation is ideally suited as a text for evaluation courses across the social sciences, including departments of education, sociology, political science, health, and many others. Professional evaluators interested in expanding the scope of their work or strengthening their practical skills will also find this invaluable.
Huey T. Chen has been a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham since 2002. He was born and raised in Taiwan. Dr. Chen worked at the University of Akron until 1997, when he joined the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the chief of an evaluation branch. Dr. Chen had taken a leadership role in designing and implementing a national evaluation system for assessing the CDC funded HIV prevention programs, which are based in health departments and community organizations. Dr. Chen has contributed to the development of evaluation theory and methodology, especially in the areas of program theory and theory-driven evaluations. His book, Theory-Driven Evaluations, has been recognized as one of the landmarks in program evaluation. In 1998 he received the Senior Biomedical Research Service Award from the CDC. He is also the 1993 recipient of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for contributions to Evaluation Theory from the American Evaluation Association.