Agency-Based Program Evaluation: Lessons From Practice

Agency-Based Program Evaluation: Lessons From Practice

By: Gary R. Anderson (author), Stephen A. Kapp (author)Paperback

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"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. Features and benefits: this title combines the methodology of program evaluation with the reality of working with agencies; an understanding of the political and social context and pressures in which a program is developed, implemented and evaluated; and, examples of the techniques to apply in family and children services agencies.

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Stephen A. Kapp, MSW, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Dr. Kapp has focused his career on agency-based program evaluation of children and family programs. He has over twenty years of experience working both externally and internally on agency evaluations. His teaching and writing efforts have focused on evaluation with an emphasis on the use of information by agency staff and giving service recipients a voice in the evaluation process. Currently, he is managing research grants that examine the service experience of young offenders in the Kansas Mental Health System. Gary R. Anderson, MSW, PhD, is the Director of the School of Social Work, College of Social Science, at Michigan State University. He came to Michigan State University from Hunter College, City University of New York (New York, New York). At Hunter, he was a Professor and the founding Director of the National Resource Center for Permanency Planning. Dr. Anderson has written a number of books and articles on policy and practice related to children and families. His most recent book, Widening the Circle: The Practice and Evaluation of Family Group Conferencing with Children, Youths, and Their Families, was just released by NASW Press. He is the Editor of the journal CHILD WELFARE. He has had over twenty funded projects addressing aspects of child welfare, and is currently leading projects on child welfare worker recruitment and retention, and research related to alternative dispute resolution strategies. He has just completed a three-year term as a board member of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, and serves on three journal editorial review boards. He received his PhD. from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, and MSW from the University of Michigan.


Introduction: The Purpose of This Book Ch 1. Making the Case for Program Evaluation Ch 2. Steps in Program Evaluation Ch 3. Ethics and Program Evaluation: Applying a Code of Ethics to Field-Based Research Ch 4. Ethical Challenges for Evaluators in an Agency Setting: Making Good Choices Ch 5. Agencies and Academics: The Social and Political Context of Program Evaluation Ch 6. Cultural Competency and Program Evaluation Ch 7. Program Definition: Using Program Logic Models to Develop a Common Vision Ch 8. Program Description: Evaluation Designs Using Available Information Ch 9. Evaluation Design: Options for Supporting the Use of Information Ch 10. Evaluation Design: Group Designs and Methods Ch 11. Evaluation Design: Qualitative Designs and Applications Ch 12. Consumer Satisfaction Ch 13. Dissemination: Spreading the News About the Authors

Product Details

  • publication date: 19/01/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781412939843
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9781412939843
  • weight: 522
  • ISBN10: 1412939844

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