Providing students and practitioners with a comprehensive introduction to evaluation research, this book shows how social research methods and methodologies can be applied in a variety of evaluation contexts. The author illustrates the contribution both quantitative and qualitative methods can make to evaluation; stresses the important part played by theory in the evaluation enterprise; and introduces some of the conceptual, methodological and practical problems encountered when undertaking this type of applied research, especially in the areas of criminal justice, health care and education. Contents: Understanding Evaluation / Quality and Quantity / Methods of Data Collection / Evaluating Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention Programmes / Evaluating Health Care / Evaluating Schools / Evaluation Utilization.
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About the Author
Alan Clarke is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey and is Course Director of the MSc degree in Social Research. Ruth Dawson is with Education Services in Southampton City Council.