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Evaluation Fundamentals: Insights Into the Outcomes, Effectiveness, and Quality of Health Programs

Format:  Other,

280 pages

Edition: Second

Publisher: Sage Publications (CA)

Publish Date: Jun 2004

ISBN-13: 9780761988687

ISBN-10: 0761988688

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Evaluation Fundamentals: Insights Into the Outcomes, Effectiveness, and Quality of Health Programs is for students and professional evaluators who want to answer the following questions: - Was this program or intervention effective? - Who among the program's participants benefited most? - For how long can the program's impact and outcomes be sustained? - What are the reasons for the program's successes and failures? Now in its Second Edition, the book contains an added emphasis on outcomes, effectiveness, and quality of evaluations. Author Arlene Fink teaches the basic concepts and vocabulary necessary to do program evaluations and to review the quality of evaluation research so as to make informed decisions about methods and outcomes. Among the topics the book covers is how to justify evaluation questions and set standards of effectiveness, design studies, and conduct ethical research. The book contains numerous examples of evaluation methods as well as evaluation reports. It also includes practice exercises and suggested readings in print and online. Individual evaluators can use Evaluation Fundamentals successfully on their own or in small or large groups. The book is designed for anyone concerned with understanding and objectively documenting the implementation and effectiveness of programs in health settings. It is also ideally suited as a text for evaluation courses in departments of education, public health, nursing, public policy, and psychology.

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Publisher: Sage Publications (CA)
Publish Date: Jun 2004
ISBN-13: 9780761988687
ISBN-10: 0761988688
Format: Other
Number of Pages: 280
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Chapter outline

Preface
Program Evaluation: A Prelude
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 1
What Is Program Evaluation?
Users and Doers of Evaluations
The Composition of Evaluation
Baseline Data, Interim Data (Formative Evaluation), and Process Evaluations
Qualitative Evaluation
Participatory and Community-Based Evaluations
Evaluation Frameworks and Models
Ethical Evaluations
Research Misconduct
A Note about The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
Summary and Transition to Chapter on Evaluation Questions and Standards of Effectiveness
Exercises
Suggested Readings
Evaluation Questions and Standards of Effectiveness
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 2
Evaluation Questions
Setting Standards of Effectiveness: What they are and How to State Them
How to Set Standards
Evaluation Standards and Economic Evaluations
Evaluation Questions and Standards: Establishing a Healthy Relationship
When to Set Standards
The QSV Report: Questions, Standards, Variables
Summary and Transition to Next Chapter on Evaluation Research Design
Exercises
Suggested Readings
Designing Program Evaluations
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 3
Evaluation Design: Creating the Structure
Questions to Ask When Designing Evaluations
Dealing with Six Questions
A Classification of Program Evaluation Designs
Internal and External Validity
Evaluation Design Report: Questions, Standards, and Independent Variables
Summary and Transition to Next Chapter on Sampling
Exercises
Suggested Readings
Sampling : Choosing the Number of People Needed For Evaluating Effectiveness
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 4
What is a Sample?
Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria or Eligibility
Methods of Sampling
Sampling Unit
Sample Size
Why Sample?
The Sampling Report
Summary and Transition to Next Chapter on Information Collection
Exercises
Suggested Readings
Collecting Information: The Right Data Sources
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 5
Information Sources: What's the Problem?
Choosing the Best Source of Data
Sources of Data in Program Evaluation and Their Advantages and Limitations
Reasons for Evaluators' Use of the Literature
Summary and Transition to the Next Chapter on Evaluation Measures
Exercise: Collecting Information: The Right Data Sources
Suggested Readings
Evaluation Measures
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 6
Reliability and Validity
A Note on Language and Evaluation Measures
Checklist for Creating a New Measure
Checklist for Selecting an Already Existing Measure
The Measurement Chart: Logical Connections
Summary and Transition to the Next Chapter on Managing Evaluation Data
Exercises
Suggested Readings
Managing Evaluation Data
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 7
Data Management: The Road to Data Analysis
Drafting an Analysis Plan
Creating a Codebook
Searching for Missing Data
Entering the Data
Cleaning the Data
Creating the Final Dataset for Analysis
Storing and Archiving the Dataset
Exercises
Suggested Readings
Analyzing Evaluation Data
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 8
A Suitable Analysis: Starting With the Evaluation Questions
Measurement Scales and Their Data
Selecting a Method of Analysis
Hypothesis Testing, P Values, and Confidence Intervals: Statistical and Clinical or Practical Significance
Clinical or Practical Significance: Using Confidence Intervals
Proceed With Caution: Screening and Transforming Data
Risks and Odds
Qualitative Evaluation Data: Content Analysis
Meta-Analysis: A Superanalysis of Evaluation Data
Summary and Transition to the Next Chapter on Evaluation Reports
Exercise
Suggested Readings
Evaluation Reports
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 8
The Written Evaluation Report
Written Evaluation Reports: What Should They Include?
Reviewing Your Report
Oral Presentations
Exercise
Suggested Readings
Answers to Exercises
Index
About the Author

Book description

Now in its Second Edition, the book contains an added emphasis on outcomes, effectiveness, and quality of evaluations. Author Arlene Fink teaches the basic concepts and vocabulary necessary to do program evaluations and to review the quality of evaluation research so as to make informed decisions about methods and outcomes. Among the topics the book covers is how to justify evaluation questions and set standards of effectiveness, design studies, and conduct ethical research. The book contains numerous examples of evaluation methods as well as evaluation reports. It also includes practice exercises and suggested readings in print and online.

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