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A Teaching Topic in Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Planning Evaluations

This topic teaches students about the steps that evaluators and evaluation teams must take in order to plan a successful evaluation of a policy or program. Specific issues examined within this teaching topic are: working with evaluation participants and establishing relationships; logic modeling; and detailed evaluation planning and stakeholder engagement.

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 7.

Alkin, Marvin C., Evaluation Roots: A Wider Perspective of Theorists’ Views and Influences (2nd Edition). Los Angeles: Sage, 2013. Chapter 10.

Wholey, Joseph S., Harry Hatry, Kathryn Newcomer. Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation, 2nd Edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. Chapter 1.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “Logic Model Development Guide.” Battle Creek, Michigan: W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 2004. Chapters 1 and 2.

Source: PADM 5420 Syllabus, 2012

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon, 30 June 2013


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