Recommended Reading (Carleton University PADM 5420):
Mertens, Donna M., and Wilson, Amy T., Program Evaluation Theory and Practice: A Comprehensive Guide. New York: The Guilford Press, 2012. Chapter 8.
Alkin, Marvin C., Evaluation Roots: A Wider Perspective of Theorists’ Views and Influences (2nd Edition). Los Angeles: Sage, 2013. Chapter 27.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “Logic Model Development Guide.” Battle Creek, Michigan: W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 2004. Chapters 3 and 4.
Owen, John. “Successful or not: It depends on your Frame of Reference,” Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 25(2010), 3, 85-94.
Source: PADM 5420 Syllabus, 2012
Sample Assessment Questions:
1.) What is a summative evaluation? How does a summative evaluation differ from a formative evaluation?
2.) What are policy outcomes? Why is it preferable for evaluation strategies to measure policy outcomes as opposed to inputs or outputs?
3.) What is gaming? Please provide a (real or hypothetical) example.
4.) What is the role of the “terms of reference” in the evaluation process?
5.) What is meant by the term “intangible benefits of programs?” Why is this an important concept for program evaluators to understand?
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