9781412979627

RealWorld Evaluation : Working under Budget, Time, Data, and Political Constraints

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    9781412979627

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    1412979625

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/29/2011
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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Summary

This book helps practicing evaluators design and conduct competent evaluation studies, while explicitly considering resource and data constraints. The book is organized around a six-step model developed by the authors, and which has been tested and refined in workshops that cater to a broad spectrum of evaluation practitioners. Vignettes from practice and case studies, representing evaluations from a variety of geographic regions and sectors, demonstrate adaptive possibilities for small projects with budgets of a few thousand dollars, or timelines as brief as a few days, to large-scale, long-term evaluations with multi-million-dollar budgets. The text is specifically designed to incorporate quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method designs.

Table of Contents

The RealWorld Evaluation Approach
Overview: RealWorld Evaluation and the Contexts in Which It Is Used
[Step 1] Scoping the Evaluation: First clarify the purpose
[Step 2] Budget Constraints: Not enough money
[Step 3] Time Constraints: Addressing scheduling and other time constraints
[Step 4] Data Constraints: Critical information is missing or difficult to collect
[Step 5] Addressing Political Influences: Reconciling different priorities and perspectives
[Step 6] Strengthening the Evaluation Design and the Validity of Conclusions
[Step 7] Making it Useful: Helping clients and other stakeholders use the evaluation findings and recommendations
a Review of Evaluation Methods and Approaches and their Application in RealWorld Evaluation: For those who would like to dig deeper on particular evaluation topics
Ensuring competent and ethical practice in the conduct of the evaluation
Theory-based evaluation
Evaluation designs
Quantitative evaluation approaches
Qualitative evaluation approaches
Mixed method evaluations
Sampling
Evaluating complex, multi-component development interventions
Organizing and Managing Evaluations and Strengthening Evaluation Capacity: For readers involved with the funding and management of evaluations
Organizing and managing evaluations
Strengthening evaluation capacity
Conclusions and challenges and the road ahead
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