Providing students and practitioners with a comprehensive introduction to evaluation research, this book shows how social research methods and methodologies can be applied in a variety of evaluation contexts. The author: - illustrates the contribution both quantitative and qualitative methods can make to evaluation; - stresses the important part played by theory in the evaluation enterprise; - introduces some of the conceptual, methodological and practical problems encountered when undertaking this type of applied research, especially in the areas of criminal justice, health care and education.
What is evaluation?
The term ‘evaluation’ is used in a myriad of contexts, settings and circumstances. For example, we might apply the term evaluation to any of a number of diverse activities, such as: assessing the literary merits of a new novel; determining the rehabilitative impact of prison sentences; ...