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NCJ Number: 71062 Find in a Library
Title: Getting the Facts - A Fieldwork Guide for Evaluators and Policy Analysts
Author(s): J T Murphy
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 223
Sponsoring Agency: Goodyear Publishing Co
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Sale Source: Goodyear Publishing Co
1640 5th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text is an introduction to the evaluation of government programs through fieldwork methods or data collection techniques (intensive interviewing, transient observation, and document analysis).
Abstract: Intended for professionals who must do short-term evaluations containing more than summary judgments about program outcomes, the introductory chapter outlines some basic questions concerning program goals, standards of comparison, and indicators to measure the level of goal achievement; collection of relevant data; and recommendations for program improvement. Methods for scouting the scene and the reasons for doing it are discussed, and site selection involving exploratory and hypothesis-guided evaluation is described. The process of getting in and staying in is also described in terms of understanding the relationship between the program evaluators and host agencies. Other chapters cover some major sources of bias and error and some general ways of dealing with them, some important techniques of intensive interviewing, and two additional data-gathering procedures, transient observation and document analysis. A final chapter focuses on the substance of conclusions and recommendations and outlines recommendations considered questionable. In addition, some evaluation standards are set forth, including those of validity, trustworthiness, fairness, usefulness, and the adoption of good writing standards. Notes for each chapter and a bibliography of approximately 140 citations are provided.
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Evaluation of evaluation; Evaluation techniques; Program evaluation; Quality control
Note: Goodyear Public Policy Analysis and Management Series
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