- Paperback: 62 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480102695
- ISBN-13: 978-1480102699
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Actionable Evaluation Basics: Getting succinct answers to the most important questions [minibook]
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Once I got through this part of the assignment, everything else came easy because the consensus I established was reflected in my evaluation question. This is what Dr. Davidson's Minibook does: It helps you formulate those very important questions at the beginning of your program evaluation to determine what you are evaluating. This 54-page minibook could easily have been the overall theme of my program evaluation course and I wish I had this book back then!
Yes, I also had to come up with a research design and decide which measurement tools I needed (quantitative, qualitative, or both?), and whether they were "actionable" given my client's budget and expectations. However, these are just the technical aspects of program evaluation. A lot of the heavy lifting is done at the front end of an evaluation - at (what I call) the philosophical end when you begin to ask your questions. If you're an MPA student, I definitely recommend this minibook. You can't beat it for the Kindle price. It will help you come up with an evaluation question that will serve as a work horse for the rest of your assignment.
For practitioners? Well, I'm not a program evaluator, but I do need to know about program evaluation. All I can say is that if you have a ferocious appetite for knowledge like I do, I believe you'll make a worthwhile investment in Dr. Davidson's minibook. I've studied with a top-notch program evaluator back in grad school and this little book should have been on my reading list. I think you will also benefit from knowing how to formulate those initial questions too.