Praised by instructors and students alike, PROGRAM EVALUATION: AN INTRODUCTION helps your students evaluate services and programs that they will encounter in their professional practice. In the process of learning evaluation techniques and skills, students will become proficient at critically analyzing evaluation studies conducted by others. The authors present and simplify all the essentials needed for a critical appreciation of evaluation issues and methodology. The authors’ clear writing style and clear presentation of concepts, as well as the text’s hands-on and applied focus, will guide students on how to gather evidence and demonstrate that their interventions and programs are effective in improving clients’ lives.
About the Author
David Royse is a professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. He earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1980. He has written several books, including two for Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning: RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK, Sixth Edition, and PROGRAM EVALUATION: AN INTRODUCTION, Fifth Edition.
Bruce A. Thyer, PhD, is Dean and Professor, School of Social Work, Florida State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1982. Recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Faculty Scholar Award, Dr. Thyer has published extensively on social work practice, research, and evaluation.
Deborah K. Padgett, Ph.D., MPH, is a professor at the New York University School of Social Work. She received her doctorate in urban anthropology in 1979 and completed post-doctoral programs in mental health services research at Columbia University School of Public Health (1985-86) and Duke University Department of Psychiatry (1994-95). Dr. Padgett’s research interests include breast cancer screening and follow-up care for medically underserved women and qualitative studies of the ‘process’ of care for psychiatrically disabled homeless adults.
This is a pretty good social work evaluation book. It’s not too big, so as not to overwhelm folks, I guess. As a person that’s interesting in pursuing evaluation/research work in the future, this book laid a good foundation. It provides definitions, uses, and detailed examples of each type of evaluation. Even more so, each type of evaluation is listed in terms of level of difficulty and level of effectiveness (co-effective evaluation being the most difficult but produces some of the best results, for example). This book is also good for students that don’t know anything about evaluation, are easily confused, or just down right detest something at could involve this type of critical thinking. You’ll be fine.
This book is Used with Research Methods and Statistics. The 2 really compliment each other as Research Methods is more technical and this book is more filled with examples and prose about how the technical stuff fits together.
Product Details :
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Cengage Learning; 5 edition (March 12, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0495601667
- ISBN-13: 978-0495601661
- Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.2 x 9 inches