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The Fourth Edition of the bestselling Utilization-Focused Evaluation provides expert, detailed advice on conducting program evaluations from one of leading experts. Chock full of useful pedagogy-including a unique utilization-focused evaluation checklist-this book presents Michael Quinn Patton's distinctive opinions based on more than thirty years of experience.Key Features of the Fourth Edition Provides thoroughly updated materials including more international content; new references; new exhibits and sidebars; and new examples, stories, and cartoons Includes follow-up exercises at the end of each chapter Features a utilization-focused evaluation checklist Gives greater emphasis on mixed methods Analyzes the pluses and minuses of the increased emphasis on accountability and performance measurement in government at all levels Details the explosion of international evaluationIntended AudienceBoth theoretical and practical, this core text is an essential resource for students enrolled in Program Evaluation courses in a variety of disciplines-including public administration, government, social sciences, education, and management. Practitioners will also find this text invaluable.
Table of Contents
Toward More Useful Evaluations
Evaluation Use: Both Challenge and Mandate
What Is Utilization-Focused Evaluation? How Do You Get Started?
Fostering Intended Use by Intended Users: The Personal Factor
Intended Uses of Findings
Intended Process Uses: Impacts of Evaluative Thinking and Experiences
Focusing Evaluations: Choices, Options, and Decisions
Situational Evaluation: Being Active-Reactive-Interactive-Adaptive
Focusing on Outcomes: Beyond the Goals Clarification Game
Evaluation Focus Options: Developmental Evaluation and Other Alternatives
Implementation Evaluation: What Happened in the Program?
Conceptualizing the Intervention: Alternatives for Evaluating Theories of Change