The SAGE Handbook of Evaluation

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Ian Shaw, Ian Graham Ronald Shaw, Jennifer C Greene, Melvin M Mark
SAGE, Jul 27, 2006 - Social Science - 632 pages
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This text is a unique and authoritative resource consisting of 25 chapters covering a range of evaluation theories and techniques in a single, accessible volume.

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The evaluation of policies programs and practices
Role and purpose of evaluation in society
Chapter 1 The purposes of evaluation in a democratic society
Developing practical knowledge
Chapter 3 Evaluation for practice improvement and organizational learning
Chapter 4 Evaluation and the study of lived experience
Chapter 5 Evaluation democracy and social change
Chapter 6 Evaluation after disenchantment? Five issues shaping the role of evaluation in society
Chapter 14 Methods for policymaking and knowledge development evaluations
Chapter 15 Embedding improvements lived experience and social justice in evaluation practice
Chapter 16 Managing evaluations
Chapter 17 Communicating Evaluation
Chapter 18 On discerning quality in evaluation
Challenges and new directions
Domains of evaluation practice
Chapter 20 Evaluation in education

Evaluation as a social practice
Chapter 7 Government as structural context for evaluation
Chapter 8 The social relations of evaluation
Chapter 9 Intellectual contexts
Chapter 10 The relationship between evaluation and politics
Chapter 11 Ethics in evaluation
Current issues and trends
Chapter 13 Contextual challenges for evaluation practice
The practice of evaluation
Reflections on practice
Chapter 22 Social work and the human services
Chapter 23 Evaluation in criminal justice
Chapter 24 Evaluation of development interventions and humanitarian action
Similarities differences and challenges
Author Index
Subject Index

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Dr. Ian Shaw is S R Nathan Professor of Social Work at National University of Singapore and Professor Emeritus at the University of York, England. He was the first chair of the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA) and a founder editor of the journal Qualitative Social Work. He has authored almost 100 peer-reviewed papers, more than 20 books, 60 book chapters, and various research reports. He has written extensively in the journals on issues arising from the relationship between social work and sociology over the last century. His more recent books include Social Work Science (2016) and Research and the Social Work Picture (2018). He is pursuing a graduate programme in creative writing, which sits alongside his interests in gardening, his local church, volunteering in his village shop, playing badminton (badly), and Bob Dylan.

My research interests focus on the intersections of social science and social policy. I work in the domain of educational and social program evaluation, and I seek to advance the theory and practice of alternative forms of evaluation, including qualitative, democratic, and mixed methods evaluation approaches. My current work emphasizes evaluation as a venue for democratizing dialogue about critical social and educational issues, with a focus on conceptualizing evaluation as a "public good.

Melvin M. Mark is professor of psychology at the Pennsylvania State University, where he also is Head of the Department of Psychology. He has served as President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). He was Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation (and is now Editor Emeritus). A social psychologist, Dr. Mark has wide ranging interests related to the theory, methodology and practice of evaluation, as well as a general interest in the application of social psychology to evaluation and applied social research. Dr. Mark’s awards include the American Evaluation Association’s Lazarsfeld Award for Contributions to Evaluation Theory. He is author of more than 125 articles and chapters in books. Among his books are Evaluation: An integrated framework for understanding, guiding, and improving policies and programs and the co-edited volumes Social Science and Social Policy; SAGE Handbook of Evaluation; What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice; Evaluation in Action: Interviews with Expert Evaluators; and Social Psychology and Evaluation.

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