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.

Evaluating Schools: Inspection as Evaluation

A feature of the so-called ‘rise of the evaluative state’ (Neave, 1988) in the 1980s was the emergence of formal evaluation as a tool used by politicians and policy-makers to inform their decision-making and justify their actions. As House asserts, ‘Evaluation serves important legitimation, ...

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