Summary: Foundations of Program Evaluation heralds a thorough exploration of the field of program evaluation--looking back on its origins, the accumulated experiences of evaluators and their profound influences on the development of the field. By summarizing, comparing, and contrasting the work of seven major theorists of program evaluation, this book provides an important perspective on the current state of evaluation theory and provides suggestions for ways of improving its ...show more practice. Beginning in Chapter Two, the authors develop a conceptual framework to analyze how successfully each theory meets the specific criteria of its framework. Each subsequent chapter is devoted to the presentation of the theoretical and practical advice of a significant theorist--Michael Scriven, Donald Campbell, Carol Weiss, Joseph Wholey, Robert Stake, Lee Cronbach, and Peter Rossi. An evaluation and critique of each theorist's work is included using the framework established in the second chapter. The concluding chapter summarizes the areas of agreement and disagreement between these influential theorists, and offers future directions for a new theory of program evaluation.
Foundations of Program Evaluation is essential reading for scholars, students, practicing evaluators, and policy makers in psychology, education, mental health, job training, public health, and anyone else interested in constructing theories of social program evaluation. ...show less