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RealWorld Evaluation: Working Under Budget, Time, Data, and Political Constraints 1st Edition

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"I was quite impressed with how this book balanced the technical aspects with practical advice for managing budget, time and political constraints. The use of case study examples and checklists/worksheets helped to make the book much more “grounded in practice” compared to other texts. I like to think of myself as an experienced, well-read evaluator, but I must confess that I learned quite a lot from this book!"
(Scott Bayley)

"The authors provide a useful checklist of questions that can be used to shape dialogue between commissioners of evaluation and evaluators when designing the evaluation, and developing a joint understanding of an agreement about what can and cannot be achieved by the evaluation and the trade-offs that will be involved." (Sue Funnell Evaluation Journal of Australasia)

About the Author

Jim Rugh has had 41 years of professional involvement in rural community development in Africa, Asia, and Appalachia. He has specialized in evaluation for 25 years-the past 10 years as head of Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for CARE International, a large nongovernmental organization (NGO). His particular skills include promoting strategies for enhanced capacity for evaluation throughout this worldwide organization. He is a recognized leader in evaluation among colleagues in the international NGO community, including InterAction. He has been an active member of the American Evaluation Association since 1986, currently serving on the Nominations and Election Committee. He was a founding member of the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association. He has experience in promoting community development and evaluating and facilitating self-evaluation by participants in such programs. He has provided training for and/or evaluated many different international NGOs. He brings a perspective of the “big picture,” including familiarity with a wide variety of community groups and assistance agencies in many countries, plus an eye to detail and a respect for inclusiveness and the participatory process.

Michael Bamberger has almost 40 years of experience in development evaluation, including a decade working with nongovernmental organizations in Latin America, almost 25 years working on evaluation with the World Bank in most of the social and economic sectors and in most regions of the world, and 10 years as an independent evaluation consultant, including programs with 10 United Nations agencies and multilateral and bilateral development agencies. He has published three books and several monographs and handbooks on development evaluation, as well as numerous articles in professional journals. He has been active for 20 years with the American Evaluation Association, serving on the Board and as Chair of the International Committee. He has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of New Directions for Evaluation, the Journal of Development Effectiveness, the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and the American Journal of Evaluation and is a regular reviewer for several professional evaluation journals. He has taught program evaluation in more than 30 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East and, since 2002, has been on the Faculty of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; since 2001, has also lectured at the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID) in Tokyo.

Linda Mabry is a faculty member at Washington State University specializing in program evaluation, student assessment, and research and evaluation methodology. She currently serves as president of the Oregon Program Evaluation Network and on the editorial board for Studies in Educational Evaluation. She has served in a variety of leadership positions for the American Evaluation Association, including the Board of Directors, chair of the Task Force on Educational Accountability, and chair of the Theories of Evaluation topical interest group. She has also served n the Board of Trustees for the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessments and on the Performance Assessment Review Board of New York. She has conducted evaluations for the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Jacob Javits Foundation, Hewlett-Packard Corporation, Ameritech Corporation, ATT-Comcast Corporation, the New York City Fund for Public Education, the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, the Chicago Teachers Academy of Mathematics and Science, and a variety of university, state, and school agencies. She has published in a number of scholarly journals and written several books, including Evaluation and the Postmodern Dilemma (1997) and Portfolios Plus: A Critical Guide to Performance Assessment (1999).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc; 1 edition (February 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412909465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412909464
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was the assigned text for a doctoral course in policy evaluation in a college of education. The book lays out a thoughtful process for program evaluation, and this was easily adapted by the instructor and students to apply to the policy analysis domain.

The book is well-organized and uses easy to understand concepts and flow charts that could assist anyone charged with a program or policy evaluation.

This book will be a reference book on my shelf for many years in the future.
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Should you be unfortunate enough to be required to slog through this epic I have a few suggestions:
1. Read the chapter summary
2. Scan the chapter subheads throughout
3. Choose any paragraph at random
By doing so you will have gained 95% of the knowledge contained herein.
This is a bloated, repetitive mess of a book. A glorified checklist, endlessly reiterated. There are few examples given other than third-world NGO work, and these are thin on useful application to corporate or Western evaluations. Some chapters merely repeat and repackage others, with the apparent goal of seeming comprehensive. It could easily have been edited to half its current length. But that’s not how the textbook world works, is it? Weight = Import. A cleaner knife might have allowed the type size to get larger and be more legible. It is condensed, too small and unpleasant to read (a sure sign of an author resistant to cuts, a lazy editor, or an amateur designer). The boxed material is legible, but so drastically different than the main text as to be painful to encounter.

I am not making a judgment about the quality of the content. I’m a student. I don’t know whether it’s complete, skewed, or thin. I do recognize repetition for repetition’s sake though. And here it is. Avoid if possible.
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Really great handbook for evaluators. It can serve as an introduction to evaluation for a relative beginner or can be used by higher-level experts stuck on a certain topic. The worksheets in the appendices are great. I really enjoyed reading this. Fantastic resource for international development evaluation specialists
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Good overview, may not be quiet "real world." But helpful in framing the workd of evaluation and the struggles to gather quality evaluation findings.
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Just Kidding. I'm sure this book is really well written, but I think it is written for a person who already has a doctorate in program evaluation. Very difficult to understand and very dense with high level text that assumes a certain level of background knowledge.
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Good book for formulating an evaluation plan
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