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Using Theory to Improve Program and Policy Evaluations

(Contributions in Political Science)

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Published by Greenwood Press .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Social research & statistics,
  • Sociological Research,
  • Political Science,
  • Sociology,
  • Politics/International Relations,
  • Public Affairs & Administration,
  • Public Policy - General,
  • Research,
  • Political Science / Public Policy,
  • Evaluation research (Social ac,
  • Evaluation research (Social action programs)

  • Edition Notes

    ContributionsHuey-tsyh Chen (Editor), Peter H. Rossi (Editor)
    The Physical Object
    FormatHardcover
    Number of Pages288
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL9314349M
    ISBN 10031328346X
    ISBN 109780313283468

      This paper presents and assesses the use of theory-based research evaluation by comparing, contrasting and assessing completed evaluations that explicitly tested theories of change in four Cited by: Developing and using a program theory matrix for program evaluation and performance monitoring Article in New Directions for Evaluation (87) - .

    of the program (i.e., which requires using impact or outcome assessment techniques) measuring anticipated outcomes assessing the merit of the program conducting a retrospective benefit/cost assessment (to establish the actual worth or value of the program) Product evaluation is very helpful in making summative. Evaluation is a process that critically examines a program. It involves collecting and analyzing information about a program’s activities, characteristics, and outcomes. Its purpose is to make judgments about a program, to improve its effectiveness, and/or to inform programming decisions (Patton, ). Should I evaluate my program?

    They outline a future agenda for program theory evaluation, explain why it is essential that there be an increase in real-world tests and applications, and more. This is the 87th issue of the quarterly journal New Directions for : Paperback.   The book features examples of small- and large-scale evaluations from a range of fields, The leading text that covers both the theory and practice of evaluation in one engaging volume has now been revised and updated with additional evaluation approaches (such as mixed methods and principles-focused evaluation) and new methods (such as /5.


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Using theory to improve program and policy evaluations. New York: Greenwood Press, (OCoLC) Material Type: Internet resource: Document Type: Book, Internet Resource: All Authors / Contributors: Huey-tsyh Chen; Peter H Rossi; Policy Studies Organization.

Purpose of the Paper. Program theory and the evaluation of a program' s theory have gained interest in the evaluation field. Multiple terms have been integrated into discussions of program theory development and evaluation including: program theory, theory-based, theory driven, and program theory evaluation (Rogers, a).

This article proposes ways to use programme theory for evaluating aspects of programmes that are complicated or complex. It argues that there are useful distinctions to be drawn between aspects that are complicated and those that are complex, and provides examples of programme theory evaluations that have usefully represented and address both of by: Needs and Program Theory) examine what needs the program or policy is trying to fill and what are the steps by which it will achieve these objectives.

Ideally, these steps should be formally set out by those implementing the program, before an impact evaluation is set up. We conducted focus groups with award-winning university teachers who use student evaluations to improve their teaching, and we identified how they approach their evaluation data.

We found that these teachers take a reflective approach, aiming for constant improvement, and see their evaluation data as formative feedback, useful for improving Cited by: Theory-Driven approach to evaluation focuses on theoretical rather than methodological issues.

The basic idea is to use the “program’s rationale or theory as the basis of an evaluation to understand the program’s development and impact” (Smith,p. 83). By developing a plausible. Academic research focuses primarily on testing hypotheses; a key purpose of program evaluation is to improve practice.

Research is generally thought of as requiring a controlled environment or control groups. In field settings directed at prevention and control of a public health problem, this is seldom realistic. Theory-based approaches to evaluation use an explicit theory of change to draw conclusions about whether and how an intervention contributed to observed results.

Theory-based approaches are a “logic of enquiry,” which complement and can be used in combination with most of the evaluation designs and data collection techniques outlined in Program evaluation methods: Measurement and attribution of program results.

Policy Evaluation Versus Program Evaluation. Although policy evaluation and program evaluation have many similarities, there are some important differences as well. Some of these differences include: The level of analysis required (e.g., system or community level for policy evaluation; program level for program evaluation).File Size: KB.

Methods and Tools for Public Policy Evaluation Alexis Tsoukiàs LAMSADE - CNRS, Université Paris-Dauphine [email protected] consistent way (measurement theory). Operational Completeness Information needs to be manipulated in order to be useful for who is using it and for those purposes for which has beenFile Size: 2MB.

In its broadest meaning, to evaluate means to ascertain the worth of or to fix a value on some object. In this book, we use evaluation in a more restricted sense, as program evaluation or interchangeably as evaluation research, defined as a social science activity directed at collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating information about theFile Size: KB.

Useful Theory of Change Models. Useful Theory of Change Models. John Mayne. Ottawa, Ontario Abstract: Although theories of change are frequently discussed in the evaluation literature and there is general agreement on what a theory of change is conceptually, there is actually little agreement beyond the big picture of just what a theory of change comprises, what it shows, how it can be represented, and how it can be Size: 1MB.

Abstract. It is one of the interesting realities of evaluation, that even after over 30 years of discussion and thought about this emerging discipline, most of the people doing evaluation still come from training other than as evaluators.

Furthermore, the well-known writers in the field of evaluation theory did not receive their formal education in a program designed to produce Cited by: Applying a Theory of Change Approach to the Evaluation of Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Progress, Prospects, and Problems.

James P. Connell and Anne C. Kubisch. Since its birth in the late s and early s, the field of comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs) has been struggling to find evaluation strategies and methodologies that.

Read this book on Questia. This volume explores four basic theoretical issues in public policy analysis: conceptual theory, theory of knowing, casual theory, and normative analysis; the final section addresses future aspects of policy theory.

Weiss recommends that the first criterion in selecting a theory to guide the evaluation of a program is to draw the theory out from those associated from the program, including designers of the program, program personnel and relevant clinical staff.

The argument is that few programs are theory by: Excerpt "A ‘theory of change’ explains how activities are understood to produce a series of results that contribute to achieving the final intended impacts. It can be developed for any level of intervention – an event, a project, a programme, a policy, a strategy or an organization.

A theory of change can be developed for an intervention: where objectives and activities can be. The book shows how theory informs methodological choices (the specifics of planning, implementing, and using evaluations).

It offers balanced coverage of. The book shows how theory informs methodological choices (the specifics of planning, implementing, and using evaluations).

It offers balanced coverage of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Useful pedagogical features include: *Examples of large- and small-scale evaluations from multiple disciplines.

Program theory and logic models 1 Wilder Research, August Wilder Research. Program theory and logic models Evaluation resources from Wilder Research.

All human service programs are designed to make a difference in the lives of people or to improve our society. But how. This resource guide discusses program theory and logic Size: KB.

An Update on the Latest Evaluation Theories & Models. “Evaluation Theory Is Who We Are” What we. say. about what we do (our theory) is just as important as --and deeply informs --what we do use data to improve the product/ program.Her use of simple conversations to explain evaluation, ethics, and underlying theory is brilliant.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in evaluation and expect that it will find a permanent place in any educational program where evaluation is taught.5/5(3).Traces Theory-Based Evaluation' CAROL TAYLOR FITZ-GIBBON and LYNN LYONS MORRIS WHAT DO WE MEAN BY THEORY-BASED EVALUATION?

A theory-based evaluation of a program is one in which the selection of program features to evaluate is determined by an explicit conceptualization of the program in terms of a theory, a theory which attempts to explain how the program Cited by: