Demystifying Evaluation

Practical Approaches for Researchers and Users

David Parsons

Demystifying Evaluation

David Parsons

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

152 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2017
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781447333906 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only
If a social service agency is going to be effective, it has to be evaluated regularly to determine whether it is meeting its goals and actually delivering the services it intends to. To do so well, however, requires skilled evaluators and an understanding within agencies of what their role entails. This brief introductory guidebook aims to demystify the work of evaluation, from basic concepts and approaches to choices of methods and implementation. Combining theoretical and practical aspects, it will be of use at all stages of considering, commissioning, conducting, and critiquing evaluations.
Review Quotes
Lindsey Bowes, research director, CFE Research
"This book gets to the heart of the practical and methodological issues evaluators face. An excellent resource for social researchers and commissioners alike."
Barbara Leach, head of evaluation, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
"Evaluating the effects of spending public money is crucial, but in many policy areas it is easier said than done. Parsons draws on his considerable experience in this very accessible introductory guide which will be of interest to both evaluators and policy leads alike."
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