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The Practice of Evaluation

The Practice of Evaluation
Partnership Approaches for Community Change

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October 2020 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Practice of Evaluation: Partnership Approaches for Community Change provides foundational content on evaluation concepts, approaches, and methods, with an emphasis on the use of evaluation and partnership approaches to effect change. Real examples in every chapter illustrate key ideas and concepts “in action” on topics such as organizational development, capacity building, program improvement, and advocacy. Editors Ryan P. Kilmer and James R. Cook, and the chapter authors, highlight pragmatic approaches to evaluation that balance the needs of stakeholders in an ethical way, to provide useful, usable, and actionable guidance for program improvement.

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Part I. Evaluation to Support Change: Guiding Notions and Principles
James R. Cook and Ryan P. Kilmer
Chapter 1. Evaluative Research: Key Concepts and Applications in Facilitating Change
Ryan P. Kilmer and James R. Cook
Chapter 2. Program Evaluation: Promises and Pitfalls
Ryan P. Kilmer, James R. Cook, and Laura Marie Armstrong
Chapter 3. Setting the Stage: A Partnership Approach to Evaluation
Cindy A. Crusto, Diane Purvin, Steven Hoffler, Michael Awad, and Osman Özturgut
Chapter 4. Cultural Sensitivity and Responsiveness in Evaluation
Michael Morris
Chapter 5. Ethical Considerations
James R. Cook and Ryan P. Kilmer
Chapter 6. Evaluating Program Effectiveness: Connecting Process and Outcomes
Part II. Evaluation in Practice: Selected Strategies, Methods, and Applications
Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar and Tina Taylor-Ritzler
Chapter 7. Evaluation Capacity Building: A Partnership Approach for Program Improvement and Social Change
Pamela S. Imm, Mary Brolin, Janice B. Yost, and Opal R. Stone
Chapter 8. Empowerment Evaluation
Greg Townley
Chapter 9. Surveying the Landscape: Using Geographic Information Systems to Evaluate Community Programs and Facilitate Change
Andrew D. Case and Joy S. Kaufman
Chapter 10. Qualitative Evaluation in Community Partnership
Jennifer Watling Neal and Zachary P. Neal
Chapter 11. Network Analysis in Evaluation Research
Sarah L. Pettijohn and Joanne G. Carman
Chapter 12. Using Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analyses in the Community Context
Part III. Evaluation in Action: Special Topics and Contexts
Katherine Strater Hogan, Virginia Covill, and Ryan P. Kilmer
Chapter 13. Investing in Nonprofit Development Through Evaluation Capacity and Strategic Partnerships: A Four-Tiered Model
Lindsay G. Messinger, Ryan P. Kilmer, and James R. Cook
Chapter 14. Community-University Partnerships to Promote Change
Melissa Strompolis, Megan Branham, and Whitney Tucker
Chapter 15. Data-Driven Advocacy and Advocacy Evaluation
Victoria C. Scott, Jonathan P. Scaccia, and Kassy Alia Ray
Chapter 16. Using Evaluation to Promote Improvements in Health Service Settings
Rebecca Campbell, Jessica Shaw, Hannah Feeney, and Debi Cain
Chapter 17. Creating Collaborative Partnerships Through Participatory Evaluation to Shape Public Policy
Ryan P. Kilmer and James R. Cook
Chapter 18. Epilogue


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“I really like the way this book is not about just methods, it is about practice, and reflects my own approach to teaching evaluation: lots of real-world examples, methods that fit the contexts and feasibility, and a text that is both readable and builds on classic concepts.”

Jerry Hinbest
Vancouver Island University

“The editors and authors have made challenging evaluation concepts easy to understand, and available in one concise, well-written resource. Thank you for making this information available for students and practitioners alike!”

Jennifer E. LeBeau
Washington State University

“This book provides valuable, relevant information that will help students learn to appreciate and utilize program evaluation as practitioners in various fields. The focus on collaboration makes it relevant to current real-world realities of organizations and systems.”

Skye N. Leedahl
University of Rhode Island

“This book is comprehensive and well-structured. The new models and ways of thinking introduced are refreshing, and the examples provided cover various settings and will resonate with readers from diverse backgrounds. I will definitely refer to this book when conducting the internal evaluation of our next grant, and I can’t wait to share some of the take-aways with my students.”

Minjuan Wang
San Diego State University

It is written from a perspective that aligns with my approach to teaching the course. I was a reviewer when the book was proposed and have been waiting for it to be published so i could adopt it for this course.

Dr Gabriel P Kuperminc
Psychology Dept, Georgia State University
November 10, 2021
Key features
  • Real-world examples of partnerships from various settings and contexts help "connect the dots" between evaluation concepts and their application and help make the content "real" for readers.
  • A focus on a diverse range of topics and applications enhances the applicability and relevance across disciplines, and includes coverage of more cutting-edge topics that are often not included in other evaluation texts such as social network analysis, and GIS (geographical information systems).
  • Pedagogical elements in each chapter include learning objectives, key terms, questions for reflection, and suggested additional readings that help frame the chapter and support readers' efforts to hone in on the key points.

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