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TitleRealWorld evaluation : working under budget, time, data, and political constraints
Author Michael Bamberger, Jim Rugh, Linda Mabry
Imprint Thousand Oaks, CA : SAGE, c2012
Edition 2nd ed.
Descript xxxix, 666 p. : ill. ; 26 cm


This book addresses the challenges of conducting program evaluations in real-world contexts where evaluators and their clients face budget and time constraints and where critical data may be missing. The book is organized around a seven-step model developed by the authors, which has been tested and refined in workshops and in practice. Vignettes and case studies—representing evaluations from a variety of geographic regions and sectors—demonstrate adaptive possibilities for small projects with budgets of a few thousand dollars to large-scale, long-term evaluations of complex programs. The text incorporates quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method designs, and this Second Edition reflects important developments in the field since the publication of the First Edition. -- From back cover


RealWorld evaluation and the contexts in which it is used -- First clarify the purpose : scoping the evaluation -- Not enough money : addressing budget constraints -- Not enough time : addressing scheduling and other time constraints -- Critical information is missing or difficult to collect : addressing data constraints -- Political constraints -- Strengthening the evaluation design and the validity of the conclusions -- Making it useful: helping clients and other stakeholders utilize the evaluation

Evaluation research (Social action programs) -- Developing countries Economic development projects -- Developing countries -- Evaluation

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