Essentials of Utilization-Focused Evaluation : A Primer

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  • Copyright: 8/22/2011
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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Based on Michael Quinn Patton's Utilization Focused Evaluation, this briefer and more condensed 'essentials' book provides both an overall framework and concrete advice for how to conduct useful evaluations that actually get used. This book integrates both theory and practice and is not only based on research, but also professional experience.

Table of Contents

Assess and Build Program and Organizational Readiness for Utilization-Focused Evaluation
Assess and Enhance Evaluator Readiness and Competence to Undertake a Utilization-Focused Evaluation
Identify, Organize, and Engage Primary Intended Users: The Personal Factor
Situation Analysis Conducted Jointly With Primary Intended Users
Identify and Prioritize Primary Intended Uses by Determining Priority Purposes
Consider and Build in Process Uses if and as Appropriate
Focus Priority Evaluation Questions
Check That Fundamental Areas for Evaluation Inquiry Are Being Adequately Addressed: Implementation, Outcomes, and Attribution Questions
Determine What Intervention Model or Theory of Change Is Being Evaluated
Negotiate Appropriate Methods to Generate Credible Findings That Support Intended Use by Intended Users
Make Sure Intended Users Understand Potential Methods Controversies and Their Implications
Simulate Use of Findings: Evaluation's Equivalent of a Dress Rehearsal
Gather Data With Ongoing Attention to Use
Organize and Present the Data for Interpretation and Use by Primary Intended Users: Analysis, Interpretation, Judgment, and Recommendations
Prepare an Evaluation Report to Facilitate Use and Disseminate Significant Findings to Expand Influence
Follow Up With Primary Intended Users to Facilitate and Enhance Use
Metaevaluation of Use: Be Aaccountable, Learn, and Improve
Summary and Conclusion
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