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This is the 3rd edition with a publication date of 11/9/2010.
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The book is designed to enable students of public policy, policymakers and mangers to obtain useful information and conduct successful systematic evaluations, even under tight resource constraints. This text presents a wide variety of approaches to evaluation through brief, authoritative articles by top academics and practitioners. Thoroughly revised and updated this third edition is filled with the most current information, up-to-date examples, and puts increased emphasis on practical applicability. The third edition also features a new and up-dated instructor's manual.

Author Biography

Joseph S. Wholey is professor emeritus at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California.

Harry P. Hatry is director of the Public Management Program at the Urban Institute, where he also previously served as director of the State-Local Government Research Program.

Kathryn E. Newcomer is director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University.

Table of Contents

Figures, Tables, and Exhibits
The Editors
The Contributors
Evaluation Planning and Design
Planning and Designing Useful Evaluations
Analyzing and Engaging Stakeholders
Using Logic Models
Exploratory Evaluation
Performance Measurement: Monitoring Program Outcomes
Comparison Group Designs
Randomized Controlled Trials and Nonrandomized Designs
Conducting Case Studies
Recruitment and Retention of Study Participants
Designing, Managing, and Analyzing Multisite Evaluations
Practical Data Collection Procedures
Using Agency Records
Using Surveys
Using Trained Observer Ratings
Collecting Data in the Field
Using the Internet
Conducting Semi-Structured Interviews
Focus Group Interviewing
Using Stories in Evaluation
Data Analysis
Qualitative Data Analysis
Using Statistics in Evaluation
Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Meta-Analyses, Systematic Reviews, and Evaluation Syntheses
Use of Evaluation
Pitfalls in Evaluation
Providing Recommendations, Suggestions, and Options for Improvement
Writing for Impact
Contracting for Evaluation Products and Services
Use of Evaluation in Government: The Politics of Evaluation
Evaluation Challenges, Issues, and Trends
Name Index
Subject Index
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