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Really New Directions in Evaluation Young Evaluators Perspectives

Really New Directions in Evaluation  Young Evaluators  Perspectives Author Sandra Mathison
ISBN-10 9781118145630
Release 2011-10-18
Pages 140
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From the Editor This issue of "New Directions for Evaluation (NDE)" marks a milestone?the 25th anniversary of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). "NDE" is an official publication of AEA and has been a crucial means for the Association to foster and promote the professionalization of evaluation through thematic discussions of theory and practice in evaluation. NDE was first published in 1978 under the name "New Directions for Program Evaluation," although the title became "New Directions for Evaluation" in 1995 in acknowledgment of the broader scope of evaluation. The current issue of "NDE," on the 25th anniversary of AEA, looks not back but ahead. Because "NDE" is a thematic and guest-edited journal it tends to favor more mature, self-assured voices in evaluation. The journal format does not lend itself easily to showcasing the voices of novice evaluators, those just entering the field and who will be the next generation of evaluation practitioners and theoreticians. As such, "NDE" has chosen on this anniversary to highlight those voices. Included are a number of chapters that build on what evaluation has already learned from other disciplines by introducing us to new possibilities. We are also challenged in the chapters to think about techniques or methods we use, both at a practical and conceptual level. Some chapters raise questions about who evaluators are, how they interact with others, and the roles they assume in their practice. Some young evaluators are confronting, in various ways, conundrums in thinking about and doing evaluation within organizations, either from an external or internal perspective. And issues in using technology in evaluation or challenges in evaluating technology are considered.



Local Economic and Employment Development Evaluating Local Economic and Employment Development How to Assess What Works among Programmes and Policies

Local Economic and Employment Development Evaluating Local Economic and Employment Development How to Assess What Works among Programmes and Policies Author OECD
ISBN-10 9789264017092
Release 2004-11-30
Pages 462
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This book examines best practices in evaluating programmes for local and regional economic and employment development.



Defending Public Schools Teaching for a democratic society

Defending Public Schools  Teaching for a democratic society Author David Gabbard
ISBN-10 0275982971
Release 2004-01-01
Pages 221
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Defending Public Schools Teaching for a democratic society has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Defending Public Schools Teaching for a democratic society also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Defending Public Schools Teaching for a democratic society book for free.



Researching children s experiences

Researching children s experiences Author Melissa Freeman
ISBN-10 1593859961
Release 2008-11-02
Pages 196
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This accessible book presents approaches to planning, carrying out, and analyzing research projects with children and youth from a social constructivist perspective. Rich, contextualized examples illustrate how to elicit and understand the lived experiences of diverse young people. Data-collection methods discussed in depth include drawing, photography, the Internet, games, interviewing, focus groups, journaling, and observation. Also covered are strategies for fostering the active contributions of children in the research process; navigating consent and ethical issues; enlisting the support of parents, school personnel, and other gatekeepers; and interpreting data. Throughout, the authors emphasize the need to attend to the social setting in which research with children is done. End-of-chapter questions and exercises encourage readers to reflect on taken-for-granted conceptions of children and childhood and to try out the book’s ideas in their own research projects.



Encyclopedia of Evaluation

Encyclopedia of Evaluation Author Sandra Mathison
ISBN-10 0761926097
Release 2005
Pages 481
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The Encyclopedia of Evaluation is an authoritative, first-of-its-kind who, what, where, why, and how of the field of evaluation. Covering professional practice as well as academia, this volume chronicles the development of the field—its history, key figures, theories, approaches, and goals. From the leading publisher in the field of evaluation, this work is a must-have for all social science libraries, departments that offer courses in evaluation, and students and professional evaluators around the world. The entries in this Encyclopedia capture the essence of evaluation as a practice (methods, techniques, roles, people), as a profession (professional obligations, shared knowledge, ethical imperatives, events, places) and as a discipline (theories and models of evaluation, ontological and epistemological issues).



Development Evaluation in Times of Turbulence

Development Evaluation in Times of Turbulence Author Ray C. Rist
ISBN-10 9780821398913
Release 2013-04-19
Pages 250
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The presence of turbulence in multiple areas of our society--food, fuel, and finances-being but three critical areas presently being impacted means that long-held assumptions are no longer true, that the past is not prologue, and that the future is not clear. And enter into this unstable present the discipline of evaluation-a discipline formed and shaped in the past fifty years of stability, little turbulence, and strong assumptions that everything will go according to plan. If things do not go well, it is because of either a poor theory of change on how to bring about positive outcomes, or weak efforts at implementation. It is not because of the stormy present upsetting our quiet past. As it is, conventional evaluation behavior and beliefs are ill suited for these times. The transformational nature of the 'Arab Spring' is just one arena in which it is clear that a business as usual approach to evaluation is entirely inappropriate. The papers in this volume are from the 2011 Global Assembly of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS). Nearly 350 development evaluators from eighty-five countries came together in Amman, Jordan to discuss and analyze the consequences of turbulence on evaluation. The intent of these papers is to systematically assess what changes have come during this time of turbulence and how these changes are impacting the craft of development evaluation. To be clear: this book is not about how to assess the impacts of crises on development and on people's lives. It is about the meaning of a changed world and changed assumptions on the concepts and methods used in evaluation.



Making Evaluation Matter

Making Evaluation Matter Author Katherine Eve Hay
ISBN-10 9351500276
Release 2014-01-10
Pages 312
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This is a first-of-its-kind collection of writings by evaluation professionals working in South Asia. It analyses and documents the status of, and challenges for, development evaluation in this region. The collection covers three critical dimensions of making evaluation matter in development processes and change in South Asia: context, methods, and use. The chapters draw on a depth of experience from evaluators in several countries in South Asia to explore how the context in South Asia influences the methods that are appropriate for evaluating policies, programs and projects in this context, and the challenges to having evaluation findings used to influence and bring about change.



Health Promotion Evaluation Practices in the Americas

Health Promotion Evaluation Practices in the Americas Author Louise Potvin
ISBN-10 0387797335
Release 2008-10-26
Pages 334
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More and more, health promotion is a crucial component of public health, to the extent that public health interventions are called on to prove their effectiveness and appraised for scientific validity, a practice many in the field consider self-defeating. Health Promotion Evaluation Practices in the Americas cogently demonstrates that scientific rigor and the goals of health promotion are less in conflict than commonly thought, synthesizing multiple traditions from countries throughout North, Central, and South America (and across the developed-to-developing-world continuum) for a volume that is both diverse in scope and unified in purpose. The book’s examples—representing robust theoretical and practical literatures as well as initiatives from Rio de Janeiro to American Indian communities—explain why health promotion evaluation projects require different guidelines from mainstream evaluative work. The editors identify core humanitarian principles associated with health promotion (participation, empowerment, equity, sustainability, intersectoral action, multistrategy, and contextualism), while chapters highlight challenges that must be mastered to keep these principles and scientific objectives in sync, including: (1) Building health promotion values into evaluation research projects. (2) Expanding the use of evaluation in health promotion. (3) Developing meaningful evaluation questions. (4) Distinguishing between community-based participation research and evaluation-based participation. (5) Evaluating specifically for equity. (6) Designing initiatives to foster lasting social change. The applied knowledge in Health Promotion Evaluation Practices in the Americas: Values and Research can bring the goals of intervention into sharper focus for practitioners, evaluators, and decision-makers and facilitate communication on all sides—necessary steps to progress from study findings to real-world action.



The Nature and Limits of Standards based Reform and Assessment

The Nature and Limits of Standards based Reform and Assessment Author Sandra Mathison
ISBN-10 080774901X
Release 2004
Pages 194
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Educational standards and assessment practices are the engine driving the historic changes public schools are experiencing today. This dynamic collection of essays presents an overview of the origins and development of standards-based educational reform (SBER) and assessment; a description of SBER's essential elements; a critical analysis of the means and ends of what is perhaps the most important reform effort U.S. schools have ever experienced.



Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts

Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts Author Committee on Evaluating Progress of Obesity Prevention Effort
ISBN-10 9780309285278
Release 2013-12-11
Pages 462
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Obesity poses one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century, creating serious health, economic, and social consequences for individuals and society. Despite acceleration in efforts to characterize, comprehend, and act on this problem, including implementation of preventive interventions, further understanding is needed on the progress and effectiveness of these interventions. Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts develops a concise and actionable plan for measuring the nation's progress in obesity prevention efforts--specifically, the success of policy and environmental strategies recommended in the 2012 IOM report Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation. This book offers a framework that will provide guidance for systematic and routine planning, implementation, and evaluation of the advancement of obesity prevention efforts. This framework is for specific use with the goals and strategies from the 2012 report and can be used to assess the progress made in every community and throughout the country, with the ultimate goal of reducing the obesity epidemic. It offers potentially valuable guidance in improving the quality and effect of the actions being implemented. The recommendations of Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts focus on efforts to increase the likelihood that actions taken to prevent obesity will be evaluated, that their progress in accelerating the prevention of obesity will be monitored, and that the most promising practices will be widely disseminated.



Revisiting Silent Reading

Revisiting Silent Reading Author Elfrieda H. Hiebert
ISBN-10 9780872078338
Release 2010-09-20
Pages 336
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Literacy leaders come together in this important and timely volume—destined to become a vital part of every school's PD library—to give expert advice about silent reading instruction and how to make it work in your classroom. In these pages, you get A review of past and current perspectives on silent reading, giving you a solid foundation for instructional decisions Ideas you can use to increase students’ reading fluency, achievement, and motivation Inspiration for addressing the wide-ranging needs of students, including English learners and struggling readers Suggestions for new contexts in which silent reading can take place PD questions to extend your thinking, learning, and teaching Isn't it time to return silent reading to your classroom?



Handbook of Research on Student Engagement

Handbook of Research on Student Engagement Author Sandra L. Christenson
ISBN-10 9781461420170
Release 2012-02-23
Pages 840
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For more than two decades, the concept of student engagement has grown from simple attention in class to a construct comprised of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral components that embody and further develop motivation for learning. Similarly, the goals of student engagement have evolved from dropout prevention to improved outcomes for lifelong learning. This robust expansion has led to numerous lines of research across disciplines and are brought together clearly and comprehensively in the Handbook of Research on Student Engagement. The Handbook guides readers through the field’s rich history, sorts out its component constructs, and identifies knowledge gaps to be filled by future research. Grounding data in real-world learning situations, contributors analyze indicators and facilitators of student engagement, link engagement to motivation, and gauge the impact of family, peers, and teachers on engagement in elementary and secondary grades. Findings on the effectiveness of classroom interventions are discussed in detail. And because assessing engagement is still a relatively new endeavor, chapters on measurement methods and issues round out this important resource. Topical areas addressed in the Handbook include: Engagement across developmental stages. Self-efficacy in the engaged learner. Parental and social influences on engagement and achievement motivation. The engaging nature of teaching for competency development. The relationship between engagement and high-risk behavior in adolescents. Comparing methods for measuring student engagement. An essential guide to the expanding knowledge base, the Handbook of Research on Student Engagement serves as a valuable resource for researchers, scientist-practitioners, and graduate students in such varied fields as clinical child and school psychology, educational psychology, public health, teaching and teacher education, social work, and educational policy.



Evaluating Nursing Interventions

Evaluating Nursing Interventions Author Souraya Sidani
ISBN-10 9781452263502
Release 1997-10-15
Pages 200
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The authors of this innovative book offer a comprehensive perspective on nursing intervention together with theory-driven guidelines for future study. They provide a clear explanation of the problems encountered in outcomes and intervention research and then proceed, via the Intervention Theory, to show how these studies can be undertaken reasonably and comprehensively.



Parenting Matters

Parenting Matters Author National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
ISBN-10 9780309388573
Release 2016-11-21
Pages 524
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Decades of research have demonstrated that the parent-child dyad and the environment of the familyâ€"which includes all primary caregiversâ€"are at the foundation of children’s well- being and healthy development. From birth, children are learning and rely on parents and the other caregivers in their lives to protect and care for them. The impact of parents may never be greater than during the earliest years of life, when a child’s brain is rapidly developing and when nearly all of her or his experiences are created and shaped by parents and the family environment. Parents help children build and refine their knowledge and skills, charting a trajectory for their health and well-being during childhood and beyond. The experience of parenting also impacts parents themselves. For instance, parenting can enrich and give focus to parents’ lives; generate stress or calm; and create any number of emotions, including feelings of happiness, sadness, fulfillment, and anger. Parenting of young children today takes place in the context of significant ongoing developments. These include: a rapidly growing body of science on early childhood, increases in funding for programs and services for families, changing demographics of the U.S. population, and greater diversity of family structure. Additionally, parenting is increasingly being shaped by technology and increased access to information about parenting. Parenting Matters identifies parenting knowledge, attitudes, and practices associated with positive developmental outcomes in children ages 0-8; universal/preventive and targeted strategies used in a variety of settings that have been effective with parents of young children and that support the identified knowledge, attitudes, and practices; and barriers to and facilitators for parents’ use of practices that lead to healthy child outcomes as well as their participation in effective programs and services. This report makes recommendations directed at an array of stakeholders, for promoting the wide-scale adoption of effective programs and services for parents and on areas that warrant further research to inform policy and practice. It is meant to serve as a roadmap for the future of parenting policy, research, and practice in the United States.



Handbook of EHealth Evaluation

Handbook of EHealth Evaluation Author Francis Yin Yee Lau
ISBN-10 1550586017
Release 2016-11
Pages 487
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Expanding Student Assessment

Expanding Student Assessment Author Vito Perrone
ISBN-10 0871201828
Release 1991
Pages 167
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Covers student assessment.



Evaluation in Health Promotion

Evaluation in Health Promotion Author I. Rootman
ISBN-10 9289013591
Release 2001-01-01
Pages 533
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This book is the result of the WHO European Working Group on Health Promotion Evaluation, which examined the current range of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods to provide guidance to policy-makers and practitioners. It includes an extensive compilation and discussion of the theory, methodologies, and practice of evaluating health promotion initiatives in Europe and the Americas. The book shows how a health promotion approach offers a comprehensive framework for planning and implementing interventions that can effectively address today's major health-related problems. The authors describe how good evaluations assist initiatives in achieving their goals, provide a wealth of guidance on how to undertake them, and call for greater investment in the evaluation of health promotion.