Theory-Driven Evaluations

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A new, comprehensive framework for programme evaluation designed to bridge the gap between the method- and theory-oriented perspectives, is presented in this book, newly available in paper. Chen provides an intensive discussion of the nature and functions of programme theory, approaches to constructing programme theories, and the integration of programme theory with evaluation processes. Specific types of theory-driven evaluations, as well as principles and guidelines for application, are developed for meeting different policy purposes. Application of systematic strategies is illustrated by concrete examples from a variety of evaluation studies in different fields.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Introduction
15
The TheoryDriven Perspective
37
Stakeholder Versus Social Science Approach in Formulating
65
Applications of TheoryDriven Evaluations
77
Dealing with Political and Scientific Requirements
84
Normative Treatment Evaluation
102
Integrity of Treatment
110
Generalization Evaluation
219
Pitfalls of Ignoring Generalization
229
Explicit Generalization
238
Dimension Test Approach
244
Composite Types
255
Normative Implementation EnvironmentImpact Evaluation
274
Conclusions and Discussion
289
References
302

Normative Implementation Environment Evaluation
117
Causative Evaluations Basic Types
141
Intervening Mechanism Evaluation
191
Name Index
317
About the Author 326
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About the author (1990)

Huey T. Chen has been a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham since 2002. He was born and raised in Taiwan. Dr. Chen worked at the University of Akron until 1997, when he joined the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the chief of an evaluation branch. Dr. Chen had taken a leadership role in designing and implementing a national evaluation system for assessing the CDC funded HIV prevention programs, which are based in health departments and community organizations. Dr. Chen has contributed to the development of evaluation theory and methodology, especially in the areas of program theory and theory-driven evaluations. His book, Theory-Driven Evaluations, has been recognized as one of the landmarks in program evaluation. In 1998 he received the Senior Biomedical Research Service Award from the CDC. He is also the 1993 recipient of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for contributions to Evaluation Theory from the American Evaluation Association.

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