A practitioner handbook on evaluation by Reinhard Stockmann, Gareth Bartley

By Reinhard Stockmann, Gareth Bartley

This finished guide serves as a reference handbook supplying solutions to almost each plausible query that could come up throughout the making plans and implementation strategy of an overview. deals a simple advent to the rules and advantages of this kind of research, in addition to a comparability of alternative overview techniques. additionally offers an in-depth methodological framework for facts size, info assortment and knowledge administration with an outline of the reporting strategy. learn more... content material: 1. creation: What will we desire evaluate For? / Reinhard Stockmann -- 2. An creation to evaluate / Reinhard Stockmann -- three. Competing and Complementary methods to review / Reinhard Stockmann -- four. Organizational features of reviews / Stefan Silvestrini -- five. overview Designs / Wolfgang Meyer -- 6. The Social Context of overview / Tasso Brandt -- 7. Measuring: signs -- Scales -- Indices -- Interpretations / Wolfgang Meyer -- eight. information assortment: Surveys -- Observations -- Non-reactive systems / Wolfgang Meyer -- nine. An advent to facts administration and knowledge research / Peter Maats and Pascal Klären -- 10. Reporting / Vera Hennefeld and Ralph Meiers. summary: This entire guide serves as a reference handbook offering solutions to almost each possible query that may come up throughout the making plans and implementation strategy of an review. bargains a uncomplicated creation to the principles and advantages of this kind of research, in addition to a comparability of other assessment ways. additionally presents an in-depth methodological framework for info size, information assortment and information administration with an outline of the reporting technique

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The course of a programme, moreover, is embedded in complex social multi-level processes. Programmes are not developed independently of other existing or planned programmes. Programmes are often used by different actors to pursue different aims. Programmes are developed depending on existing social, institutional and organizational framework conditions. Social and regional contexts have to be taken into account and they must be adapted to economic, social, political, legal and cultural changes.

Indd 28 07/01/2011 09:35 An introduction to evaluation 29 SUMMARY ● ● ● ● ● ● The main questions at the outset of every evaluation are, what is to be evaluated by whom, how, and applying what criteria? In professionally conducted evaluations, the data which have been gathered using empirical methods by appropriately qualified people applying explicitly determined and disclosed criteria are assessed using comparative procedures. Evaluation research differs from fundamental research mainly in that it is intended to create a deliberate benefit.

Programmes are not developed independently of other existing or planned programmes. Programmes are often used by different actors to pursue different aims. Programmes are developed depending on existing social, institutional and organizational framework conditions. Social and regional contexts have to be taken into account and they must be adapted to economic, social, political, legal and cultural changes. Having said that, programmes can also have a shaping effect on structures and processes. Since they themselves are, conversely, exposed to external influences, the way they will develop is not always able to be forecast.

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