Agency-based Program Evaluation: Lessons from Practice, by Stephen A. Kapp and Gary R. Anderson, serves as a core textbook in the advanced undergraduate and graduate social work program evaluation courses. It combines the methodology of program evaluation with the reality of working with agencies and organizations to describe the effectiveness of their services and programs. Students will gain an understanding of the political and social context and pressures in which a program is developed, implemented and evaluated. This book offers a practice-oriented approach to evaluation. While many program evaluation methods texts often add a chapter or brief sections that describe organizational and political factors, this book begins with the context of an agency-based evaluation and describes the method within that context. Students will gain a more complete understanding of this contextual challenge and will learn techniques for operating in the face of these challenges.
Chapter 5: Agencies and Academics the Social and Political Context of Program Evaluation
Agencies and Academics the Social and Political Context of Program Evaluation
I would like you to read my seminal work on the epistemological ontology of knowing and then you will begin to understand my ideas about how to evaluate your program.
Based on the rationale presented earlier in this book, the case for program evaluation has been successfully presented and accepted by the agency leadership. The value of examining agency practice and programs has been affirmed. In addition to the practical considerations involved in satisfying a funding source or an external audience, the agency genuinely needs to know what is working and what is not working in order to successfully achieve its desired outcomes.[Page 86]
With a commitment to evaluation, the agency needs to determine how ...