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AuthorSchalock, Robert L. author
TitleOutcome-Based Evaluation [electronic resource] / by Robert L. Schalock
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US : Imprint: Springer, 1995
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Descript XVII, 242 p. online resource


This book is the product of 30 years of experience with program evaluaยญ tion. During this time, both service recipients and educational and social programs have experienced major cultural and political shifts in service delivery philosophy, including a focus on quality, mainstreaming, deinstiยญ tutionalization, community inclusion, and an emphasis on measurable outcomes. Recently stakeholders of these programs have demanded more than just the provision of service, forcing program administrators to evaluยญ ate their programs' effectiveness and efficiency. The "era of accounยญ tability" is here, and my major goal in writing this book is to help current and future program administrators understand that they need to look beyond simply the provision of service. Indeed, they need to be competent in outcome-based evaluation, which I define as a type of program evaluation that uses valued and objective person-referenced outcomes to analyze a program's effectiveness, impact or benefit-cost. By design, this book can be read from the perspective of a consumer or producer of outcome-based evaluation. As a consumer, the reader will be introduced to the various techniques used in outcome-based evaluation and how to interpret data from outcome-based evaluation analyses. As a producer, the reader will be instructed in how to do outcome-based evaluยญ ation analyses, along with how to use and act on their results. For both the consumer and producer, two questions should guide the use of outcomeยญ based evaluation


I. An Overview of Outcome-Based Evaluation -- 1. The Whats and Whys of Outcome-Based Evaluation -- 2. Where to Begin and How to Proceed -- II. Outcome-Based evaluation analyses -- 3. Effectiveness Analysis -- 4. Impact Analysis -- 5. Benefit-Cost Analysis -- III. Outcome-Based Evaluation Data -- 6. Outcome-Based Evaluation Data Collection -- 7. Outcome-Based Evaluation Data Management -- 8. Outcome-Based Evaluation Designs and Data Analysis -- IV. Reporting and Acting on Outcome-Based Evaluation Results -- 9. Contextual Analysis -- 10. Reporting Outcome-Based Evaluation Results -- 11. Acting On Outcome-Based Evaluation Results -- V. The Future -- 12. Factors Influencing The Future of Outcome-Based Evaluation -- 13. Those Guiding Principles You Should Not Forget -- References -- Author Index

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