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.

Program Description: Evaluation Designs Using Available Information

What am I going to tell the board? I have no information that will reflect how our programs are doing!

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The research design content covered in most social work program evaluation courses ranges from descriptive studies to experimental and quasi-experimental designs to single-subject approaches. Although it is prudent for these courses to be taught from a survey perspective that covers the gamut of possible research designs, it is our perspective that the vast majorities of evaluation projects are descriptive in nature and rely on existing data sources. The more sophisticated designs are labor-intensive and require higher levels of research design expertise that are not practical in many agency settings. Additionally, the implementation of most group designs requires ...

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