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Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice [Paperback]

James C. McDavid , Laura R. L. Hawthorn
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2006 1412906687 978-1412906685
Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice offers a conceptual, as well as practical, introduction to program evaluation and performance measurement for public and non-profit organizations. This introductory text discusses topics in a detailed fashion, making it a useful guide for practitioners who are constructing and implementing performance measurement systems as well as for students.


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"Effective program evaluation is dependent on being able to see both the forest (the big picture) and the trees (the numerous technical considerations).  McDavid and Hawthorn's text provides an excellent introduction to the program evaluation forest."  
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PSYCHCRITIQUES (Michael C. Pyryt)

"This book is a valuable addition to the literature concerned with the question of the utility of program evaluation and performance measurement to program improvement." (Stanley Brooks and Charles Lusthaus)

"These two scholars have produced a thorough introductory book covering almost all aspects of 'program evaluation' and 'performance measurement'.  It is theoretically informed and comprehensive and draws out the pros and cons of different approaches to evaluation and performance review." (John Wanna The Australian Journal of Public Administration)

About the Author

James C. McDavid (PhD, Indiana, 1975) is a professor of Public Administration at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. He is a specialist in program evaluation, performance measurement, and performance management. He has conducted extensive research and evaluations focusing on federal, state, provincial, and local governments in the United States and Canada. His published research has appeared in the American Journal of Evaluation as well as the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.

In 1993, Dr. McDavid won the University of Victoria Alumni Association Teaching Award. In 1996, he won the J. E. Hodgetts Award for the best English-language article published in Canadian Public Administration. From 1990 to 1996, he was Dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria. In 2004, he was named a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Victoria and was also Acting Director of the School of Public Administration during that year. In addition to teaching online courses in the School of Public Administration Graduate Certificate in Evaluation Program, he is a member of the Evaluation Advisory Committee for the Canadian International Development Agency.



Laura R. L. Hawthorn holds a Master of Arts degree in Canadian history from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Victoria. After completing her MPA, she worked as a manager for several years in the British Columbia public service and non-profit sector before leaving to raise a family. She is currently living in Vancouver, working on her horse farm and being mom to her two small boys.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412906687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412906685
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Paid by the word? October 26, 2013
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Perhaps this book is the toughest slog of any read so far in my grad classes. The authors managed to make even the simplest of ideas challenging to envision in practice. Try this:

"Although strategic planning is widely accepted as sound management practice for the achievement of objectives, organization theorists have observed that organizations appear, as well, to pursue behavioral goals, which may or may not coincide with statements enshrining the rational purposes of the organization."

Why not simplify as:

Sound management uses strategic planning to achieve objectives. But, in some organizations, stated behavioral goals may not align with the expressed purposes for the organization's existence.

I suspect the authors' confusing writing style creates the need for endless repetition. They need to say nearly everything 3 different ways for the reader to understand.

I feel fortunate that additional class resources and online resources are much easier to comprehend. The topics of project evaluation and performance are not difficult to understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Required e-book March 22, 2014
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First of all, this was a scanned e-book without any links. Possibly the limitations of the Kindle file format where it's not like PDF files with bright color, links, and text flow.

Second, the material was pointless, overblown, and unnecessary. Would not recommend the book at all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars EDU 618 Ashford University September 17, 2010
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I am usging this book as a textbook for my assessment class with Ashford University. To me this textbook is too complicated in understanding program evaluation and performance measurement. Ashford could have chosen a different text to complement the class.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Evaluations February 21, 2006
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Great for Evaluations but kind of repetative language. The book could be alot shorter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good price for the book I needed! March 7, 2014
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This book was only 15 bucks and required for more course so purchasing it was a no brainer. It was shipped quickly as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Came as described January 29, 2014
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Ordered this book for my capstone course in graduate school. Book came as described and on time for the semester to start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful introduction!
i purchased this book because i dont have a background in the social sciences and wanted to learn more about program evaluation and logic models.. Read more
Published 5 months ago by m.r.
4.0 out of 5 stars Planning a program evaluation
If you are studying program evaluation and public administration, this text will help explain the different facets of program evaluation and help you along the way if you have to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Susan Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what You need
I am taking the Program Evaluation class and this book has been a great asset in understanding how things should be done and the step by step process. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jayne2014
4.0 out of 5 stars it is a text book
the book was required for class. This was just want I ordered and it was shipped and packaged quickly and very well. There were no issues with it when I received it.
Published 17 months ago by Superman_jjs
4.0 out of 5 stars It was great for the price!
I am so happy that I didn't have to pay full price for this item. It only came with small bumps and bruises but it was totally ok for the price that I paid for it!
Published 17 months ago by dgeorge
3.0 out of 5 stars Required College Text
This is a required text for a college class. The book is sort of a bore and I would not have read it except for the class. I have read better college level books on this subject. Read more
Published 21 months ago by EnthalpyGuy
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