2nd Edition

Introduction to Theory-Driven Program Evaluation Culturally Responsive and Strengths-Focused Applications

By Stewart I. Donaldson Copyright 2022
    308 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Introduction to Theory-Driven Program Evaluation provides a clear guide for practicing evaluation science, and numerous examples of how these evaluations actually unfold in contemporary practice. A special emphasis is placed how to conduct theory-driven program evaluations that are culturally responsive and strengths-focused.

    In this thoroughly revised new edition, author Stewart I. Donaldson provides a state-of-the art treatment of the basics of conducting theory-driven program evaluations. Each case follows a three-step model: developing program impact theory; formulating and prioritizing evaluation questions; and answering evaluation questions. The initial chapters discuss the evolution and popularity of theory-driven program evaluation, as well as step-by-step guide for culturally responsive and strengths-focused applications. Succeeding chapters provide actual cases and discuss the practical implications of theory-driven evaluation science. Reflections, challenges, and lessons learned across numerous cases from practices are discussed.

    The volume is of significant value to practicing evaluators, professors of introductory evaluation courses and their students, advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and serves as a text or a supplementary text for a wide range of evaluation and applied research courses. It is also of great interest to those interested in the connections between work and health, well-being, career development, human service organizations, and organizational improvement and effectiveness.

    Part I: Foundations and Strategies for Theory–Driven Program Evaluation, Chapter 1. The Evolution of Program Theory–Driven Evaluation Science, Chapter 2. Developing Program Impact Theory, Chapter 3. Formulating, Prioritizing, and Answering Evaluation Questions with Credible and Actionable Evidence, Part II: Culturally Responsive and Strengths-Focused Applications, Chapter 4. Designing and Re-Designing Programs in a Global Pandemic: Following the Theory-Driven Evaluation Science, Chapter 5. Culturally Responsive and Strengths-Focused Evaluation Practice Adventures, Chapter 6. The Evaluation of a $20 Million, Multiprogram, Work and Health Initiative, Chapter 7. Evaluation of the Winning New Jobs Program, Chapter 8. Evaluation of the Computers in Our Future Program, Chapter 9. Evaluation of the Health Insurance Policy Program, Chapter 10. Evaluation of the Future of Work and Health Program, Chapter 11. Evaluation of the Entire Work and Health Initiative, Chapter 12. The Case: Bunche-Da Vinci Learning Partnership Academy, Chapter 13. Using Program Theory-Driven Evaluation Science to Crack the Da Vinci Code, Part III: Reflections, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions, Chapter 14. Reflections and Lessons Learned, Chapter 15. Future Directions for the Transdiscipline and Profession of Evaluation Science


    Stewart I. Donaldson is Distinguished University Professor and Executive Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center and The Evaluator’s Institute at the Claremont Graduate University, USA. He has published numerous evaluation books and articles, received a plethora of career achievement awards for his research and evaluation work, is Associate Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation and served as President of American Evaluation Association in 2015.