Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use

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Guilford Press, Jun 15, 2010 - Psychology - 375 pages
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Developmental evaluation (DE) offers a powerful approach to monitoring and supporting social innovations by working in partnership with program decision makers. In this book, eminent authority Michael Quinn Patton shows how to conduct evaluations within a DE framework. Patton draws on insights about complex dynamic systems, uncertainty, nonlinearity, and emergence. He illustrates how DE can be used for a range of purposes: ongoing program development, adapting effective principles of practice to local contexts, generating innovations and taking them to scale, and facilitating rapid response in crisis situations. Students and practicing evaluators will appreciate the book's extensive case examples and stories, cartoons, clear writing style, "closer look" sidebars, and summary tables. Provided is essential guidance for making evaluations useful, practical, and credible in support of social change.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
28
Chapter 3
53
Chapter 4
80
Chapter 5
111
Chapter 6
152
Chapter 7
189
Chapter 8
227
Chapter 9
264
Chapter 10
305
References
341
Author Index
355
Subject Index
361
About the Author
375
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Michael Quinn Patton is an independent organizational development and program evaluation consultant. A former President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), he teaches regularly in AEA's professional development workshops, The Evaluators' Institute, and The World Bank's International Program in Development Evaluation Training. Dr. Patton is a recipient of the Myrdal Award for Outstanding Contributions to Useful and Practical Evaluation Practice from the Evaluation Research Society and the Lazarsfeld Award for Lifelong Contributions to Evaluation Theory from the AEA.

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