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.
Alan Clarke is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey and is Course Director of the MSc degree in Social Research. Ruth Dawson is with Education Services in Southampton City Council.
Understanding Evaluation Quality and Quantity Paradigmatic Choices in Evaluation Methodology Methods of Data Collection Evaluating Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention Programmes Evaluating Health Care Evaluating Schools Inspection as Evaluation Evaluation Utilization