"The Handbook succeeds in capturing and presenting evaluation's extensive knowledge base within a global context. In so doing it provides a useful, coherent, and definitive benchmark on the field's diverse and dynamic purposes, practices, theories, approaches, issues, and challenges for the 21st century. The Handbook is an essential reference and map for any serious evaluation practitioner, scholar, and student anywhere in the world."
- Michael Quinn Patton, author of Utilization-Focused Evaluation
In this comprehensive handbook, an examination of the complexities of contemporary evaluation contributes to the ongoing dialogue that arises in professional efforts to evaluate people-related programs, policies, and practices.
The SAGE Handbook of Evaluation is a unique and authoritative resource consisting of 25 chapters covering a range of evaluation theories and techniques in a single, accessible volume. With contributions from world-leading figures in their fields overseen by an eminent international editorial board, this handbook is an extensive and user-friendly resource organized in four coherent sections:
- Role and Purpose of Evaluation in Society
- Evaluation as a Social Practice
- The Practice of Evaluation
- Domains of Evaluation Practice
"In this all-encompassing handbook, various authors discuss the evaluation of people related programs, policies, and practices...This handbook thoroughly covers all aspects of evaluation, yet it isn't too technical to understand. It offers everything an organization needs to know to get the most out of evaluation."