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1 Program Evaluation Alternative Approaches and Practical Guidelines

2 Question 1 What is Evaluation? to determine or fix the value of: to examine and judge Authors definition: the identification, clarification, and application of defensible criteria to determine an evaluation objects value (worth or merit) in relation to those criteria (p. 7)

3 Question 2 What are the characteristics of a program? A set of planned systematic activities Using managed resources To achieve specified goals Related to specific needs Participants are specific individuals or groups Results in documentable outcomes and impacts Investigable costs and benefits

4 Question 3 What is the definition of a program? Authors definition: An ongoing, planned intervention that seeks to achieve some particular outcome(s), in response to some perceived educational, social, or commercial problem. (p. 8)

5 Question 4 How does Evaluation differ from research? Research: primary purpose is to add to knowledge in a field, to contribute to the growth of theory (p. 9) Evaluation: primary purpose is to provide useful information to those who hold a stake in whatever is being evaluated (stakeholders), often helping them to make a judgment or decision. (p. 9)

6 Research vs. Evaluation FactorResearchEvaluation PurposeAdd to knowledge in a field, develop laws and theories Make judgments, provide information for decision making Who sets the agenda or focus? ResearchersStakeholders and evaluator jointly Generalizability of resultsImportant to add to theory Less important, focus is on particulars of program or policy and context Intended use of resultsNot importantAn important standard Criteria to judge adequacy Internal and external validity Accuracy, utility, feasibility, propriety, evaluation accountability Preparation of those who work in area Depth in subject matter, fewer methodological tools and approaches Interdisciplinary, many methodological tools, interpersonal skills

7 Stakeholders Who is considered upstream, who is midstream, and who is downstream in regard to Talmages (1982) model of evaluation? Upstream: make decision on whether to continue, initiate, or change funding for programs Midstream: program managers (principals), program staff (teachers, counselors, nurse, etc.) Downstream: parents, students, community members

8 Key Terms Formative vs. Summative (p. 22) How do they differ? Formative: focus on program improvement Summative: more concerned with providing information to make decisions about program adoption, continuation, or expansion

9 Formative vs. Summative (Upstream, Midstream & Downstream) If you were conducting a formative evaluation, which of the streams do you think would be your audience? Construct support for your answer. If you were conducting a summative evaluation, which of the streams do you think would be your audience? Construct support for your answer.

10 Page 36 Question #1 Consider a program in your organization. If it were to be evaluated, what might be the purpose of the evaluation at this point in time? Consider the stage of the program and the information needs of different stakeholder groups. What might be the role of the evaluators in conducting the evaluation? (i.e. facilitator, collaborator, management consultant, social change agent, program planning, etc.) (pp )

11 Page 35 #2 What kind of evaluation do you think is most useful – formative or summative? What kind of evaluation would be most useful to you in your work? What kind of evaluation would be most useful to your school or school board?


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