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Program Evaluation: An Introduction to an Evidence-Based Approach 6th Edition

David Royse | Bruce A. Thyer | Deborah K. Padgett

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  • ISBN-10: 1305733487
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Help students evaluate services and programs in professional practice with PROGRAM EVALUATION, 6TH EDITION. A primary source for those in social work, sociology, psychology, public administration, counseling, education, and nursing, content helps readers determine if individual, family, group, or community-focused interventions have the desired impact. While learning evaluation techniques and skills, students become proficient at analyzing evaluation studies and methodologies. Students learn how to gather evidence and demonstrate that interventions and programs are effective in improving clients' lives. References to current literature emphasize this important step in evidence-based and research-informed practice.

David Royse, University of Kentucky

David Royse is a professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. He earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1980. He has written several books, including two for Cengage Learning: RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK, Sixth Edition, and PROGRAM EVALUATION: AN INTRODUCTION TO AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH, Sixth Edition.

Bruce A. Thyer, Florida State University

Bruce A. Thyer, Ph.D., is Dean and Professor, School of Social Work, Florida State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1982. Recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Faculty Scholar Award, Dr. Thyer has published extensively on social work practice, research, and evaluation.

Deborah K. Padgett, New York University

Deborah K. Padgett, Ph.D., MPH, is a professor at the New York University School of Social Work. She received her doctorate in urban anthropology in 1979 and completed post-doctoral programs in mental health services research at Columbia University School of Public Health (1985–86) and Duke University Department of Psychiatry (1994–95). Dr. Padgett's research interests include breast cancer screening and follow-up care for medically underserved women and qualitative studies of the 'process' of care for psychiatrically disabled homeless adults.
  • Updated throughout, this edition includes new or expanded coverage of the difference between research and evaluation, ethical boundaries in participatory and action research, mixed methods of evaluation, logical and causal inference, distinguishing between evaluation questions and hypotheses, and more.
  • Questions for class discussion, presented at the end of each chapter, help students to apply the concepts covered and provide them with opportunities to share ideas and interact with each other.
  • Chapter-ending mini-projects give students an opportunity to experience evaluation firsthand.
  • Instructor's ancillaries, which are available online, provide you with additional teaching resources that facilitate course preparation. These resources are available to adopters and are password protected.

Program Evaluation: An Introduction to an Evidence-Based Approach


1. Introduction.
2. Ethical Issues in Program Evaluation.
3. Needs Assessment.
4. Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Evaluation.
5. Formative and Process Evaluation .
6. Single System Research Designs.
7. Client Satisfaction.
8. Sampling.
9. Group Research Designs.
10. Cost-Effectiveness and Cost Analysis.
11. Measurement Tools and Strategies.
12. Illustrations of Instruments.
13. Pragmatic Issues.
14. Writing Evaluation Proposals, Reports, and Journal Articles.