AMERICAN EVALUATION ASSOCIATION
Main Website – eval.org
AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators
TYPES OF EVALUATIONS
- Needs Assessment
- Assessment of Program Theory
- Assessment of Program Process (process evaluation)
- Impact Assessment (outcome evaluation)
- Efficiency Assessment
TYPES OF QUESTIONS WELL-SUITED TO PROGRAM EVALUATION
- What is the nature and scope of the problem? Where is it located, whom does it affect, and how does it affect them?
- What is it about the problem or its effects that justifies new, expanded, or modified social problems?
- What feasible interventions are likely to significantly ameliorate the problem?
- What are the appropriate target populations for interventions?
- Is a particular intervention reaching its target population?
- Is the intervention being implemented well? Are the intended services being provided?
- Is the intervention effective in attaining the desired goals or benefits?
- How much does the program cost?
- Is the program cost reasonable in relation to effectiveness and benefits?
EVALUATION THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS
- Patton: “Confusing empathy with bias” – musing on neutrality in research
CHALLENGES IN PROGRAM EVALUATION AND APPLICABLE SPORT PSYCHOLOGY SKILLS
- Alkin, M. C., & Christie, C. A. (2004). An evaluation theory tree. In M. C. Alkin (ed.), Evaluation roots: Tracing theorists’ views and influences. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- American Evaluation Association. (2004). American Evaluation Association Guiding Principles For Evaluators. Retrieved November 2013, http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=51.
- American Evlauation Association. (2013). The Program Evaluation Standards. Joint Committee for Standards in Educational Evaluation. Retrieved October 2013, http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=103.
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- Patton, M. Q. (2002). Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods (3rd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Patton, M. Q. (2011). Essentials of utilization-focused evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Patton, M. Q. (2014). What brain sciences reveal about integrating theory and practice. American Journal of Evaluation, 35(2), 237-244. DOI: 10.1177/1098214013503700
- Patton, M. Q. (2015). Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods (4th edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
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- W. K. Kellogg Foundation. (2004). Logic model development guide. Battle Creek, MI. Free from wkkf.org
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