How to Use Qualitative Methods in Evaluation

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803931299

Category: Education

Page: 176

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How to Use Qualitative Methods in Evaluation -- a new volume in the Program Evaluation Kit -- reflects the growing use of qualitative techniques in the evaluation process. The author differentiates the qualitative approach in method and philosophy from more traditional quantitative methods and specifies the kinds of evaluation question for which it is most appropriate. The design decisions and sampling strategies which underlie the method are explained. Patton also includes clearly illustrated step-by-step guides for planning and conducting fieldwork and observations, in-depth interviewing, and analysing, interpreting and reporting results.
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How to Assess Program Implementation

Author: Jean A. King,Lynn Lyons Morris,Carol T. Fitz-Gibbon

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803931305

Category: Political Science

Page: 143

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This volume -- the revised edition of How to Measure Program Implementation -- covers the assessment of how a program design works in practice. It reflects the recent emphasis on qualitative methods, and discusses when qualitative or quantitative methods are more appropriate. The book illustrates that the evaluator's task is not to judge the adequacy of program implementation, but rather to document, describe, observe, or assess by some other means how a program is implemented. The text has been organized to reflect a natural and logical ordering of the steps of planning, data collection, and analysis. References have been updated and examples included from education, business, social services, and other non-profit settings.
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How to Design a Program Evaluation

Author: Carol T. Fitz-Gibbon,Lynn Lyons Morris

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803931282

Category: Education

Page: 168

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Education, business and human service settings are included in this revised edition of How to Design a Program Evaluation. Additional examples in these fields makes this volume more relevant to a wider audience in comparison with the first edition. Through the use of diagrams, step-by-step directions, flow charts, and extensive examples, the book shows how a variety of design options can be conceived and implemented. Focusing on quantitative designs, it shows what to do when things go wrong and presents detailed methods for collecting, analyzing, and presenting data for each design.
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How to Measure Performance and Use Tests

Author: Lynn Lyons Morris,Carol T. Fitz-Gibbon,Elaine Lindheim

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803931329

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 164

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A key element in evaluation, performance measurement, is the subject of this volume, a substantially revised version of How to Measure Achievement of the original Kit. A new feature is the discussion of current issues in performance testing, including those related to legal challenges and test validity. The evaluator′s role in performance measurement is discussed, as is the suitability of existing performance measures. Where no appropriate test exists, the authors give step-by-step instructions on how to construct a scientifically reliable and valid one. The analysis and reporting of data gained from performance testing is also described.
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How to Analyze Data

Author: Carol T. Fitz-Gibbon,Lynn Lyons Morris

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803931336

Category: Education

Page: 162

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This volume offers a basic introduction to a variety of elementary statistical techniques, including those for summarizing data, analysing differences between groups and examining relationships between measures. How to Analyze Data is a revision of the first edition volume How to Calculate Statistics. While many of the techniques described are the same as those in the original version, several infrequently applied ones have been excluded, and treatment of Effect Size, a relatively recent and simple approach to examining differences between groups, has been added. Moreover, the book has been significantly expanded with three important new chapters. A concerted effort has been made to include only the most basic and widely used statistical techniques that are appropriate for answering essential evaluation questions. Worksheets and practical examples are included throughout.
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