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Evaluation Practice for Collaborative Growth

A Guide to Program Evaluation with Stakeholders and Communities

Lori L. Bakken

Publication Date - 02 July 2018

ISBN: 9780190885373

256 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Evaluation Practice for Collaborative Growth highlights the approaches, tools, and techniques that are most useful for evaluating educational and social service programs.


Evaluation Practice for Collaborative Growth highlights the approaches, tools, and techniques that are most useful for evaluating educational and social service programs. This book walks the reader through a process of creating answerable evaluations questions, designing evaluation studies to answer those questions, and analyzing, interpreting, and reporting the evaluation's findings so they are useful and meaningful for key stakeholders. The text concludes with a chapter devoted to the shifting landscape of evaluation practice as it faces complex systems and issues that are shaped by society. Additionally, the author provides a list of knowledge and skills needed to adapt to a changing landscape and encourages organizations to use evaluation as a mechanism for learning and adapting to change. Her orientation toward community-based approaches and social justice prevail throughout the book's content and align well with a reader's desire to be inclusive and accountable in programing efforts. Nonprofit leaders, social science professionals, and students will find this book helpful for understanding basic program evaluation concepts, methods, and strategies.


  • Oriented toward those who don't have evaluation expertise but need practical knowledge
  • Bridges the evaluation purposes of accountability and learning
  • Oriented toward evaluation practice that supports social justice
  • Provides tips, tools, and techniques that facilitate evaluation practice
  • Covers the nuts and bolts of evaluation practice (without the jargon) based on authors' 25-plus years of experience in the field

About the Author(s)

Lori L. Bakken, PhD, MS, is a Professor in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also an Evaluation Specialist for the University of Wisconsin Extension, Cooperative Extension. She has over 25 years of experience as an evaluator, educator and researcher.


"This new addition to the evaluation literature covers many foundational principles and practices in a style that is easy to read and absorb. Both practitioners and evaluators will find the many tables and examples very helpful as they design and implement a range of evaluations." - Hallie Preskill, PhD, Managing Director, FSG

Table of Contents

    PART ONE: Prepare
    Chapter 1: Thinking Like an Evaluator
    Chapter 2: Acquiring Requisite Knowledge & Skills
    Chapter 3: Choosing an Evaluation Approach
    Chapter 4: Planning a Program Evaluation

    PART TWO: Design
    Chapter 5: Designing a Program Evaluation
    Chapter 6: Choosing Samples, Sampling Methods, and Data Sources

    PART THREE: Conduct
    Chapter 7: Collecting, Storing, and Tracking Information
    Chapter 8: Analyzing and Interpreting Quantitative Data
    Chapter 9: Analyzing and Interpreting Qualitative Data

    PART FOUR: Report and Prepare Again
    Chapter 10: Reporting and Disseminating Findings
    Chapter 11: Preparing for Complexity in Evaluation

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