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Published: 16 November 2015

552 Pages

8 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780190227302

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Program Evaluation for Social Workers

Foundations of Evidence-Based Programs

Seventh edition

Richard M. Grinnell, Jr, Peter A. Gabor, and Yvonne A. Unrau

  • The first edition of this book appeared on the scene over two decades ago. As with the previous six editions, this one is also geared for graduate-level social work students-as their first introduction to evaluating social service programs. The authors have selected and arranged its content so it can be mainly used in a social work program evaluation course. They strive to meet three overlapping objectives: 1. To prepare students to cheerfully participate in evaluative activities within the programs that hire them after they graduate. 2. To prepare students to become beginning critical producers and consumers of the professional evaluative literature. 3. Most importantly, to prepare students to fully appreciate and understand how case- and program-level evaluations will help them to increase their effectiveness as beginning social work practitioners

New to this Edition:

  • Increased emphasis throughout the entire book on: - how to use stakeholders throughout the entire evaluation process. - how to utilize program logic models to describe programs, select intervention strategies, develop and measure program objectives, and aid in the development of program evaluation questions. - how professional social work practice rests upon the foundation that a worker's practice activities must be directly relevant to obtaining the client's practice objectives.
  • Two new chapters: Chapter 8, Theory of Change and Program Logic Models; and Chapter 9, Preparing for an Evaluation
  • Eight new tools within the Evaluation Toolkit: Tool A, Hiring an External Evaluator; Tool B, Working With an External Evaluator; Tool D, Meeting Evaluation Challenges; Tool F, Budgeting for Evaluations; Tool G, Using Evaluation Management Tools; Tool I, Training and Supervising Data Collectors; Tool J, Effective Communication and Reporting; and Tool K, Developing an Action Plan
  • Evaluation Toolkit moved to the end of the book (Part V).
  • A significantly increased number of macro-practice examples throughout all chapters.
  • An expanded Glossary, which now covers over 620 terms.
  • Student study questions and self-efficacy quizzes, included at the end of all chapters.

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