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Program Evaluation for Social Workers

Foundations of Evidence-Based Programs

Eighth edition

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

Publication Date - January 2019

ISBN: 9780190916510

464 pages
Paperback
8 x 10 inches

Retail Price to Students: $100.00

Program Evaluation for Social Workers aims to prepare students to participate in evaluative activities within their organizations, become beginning critical producers and consumers of professional evaluative literature, and reap the benefits of more advanced evaluation courses and texts.

Description

Over the course of 20 years and eight editions, the goals of the book have remained the same: to prepare students to participate in evaluative activities within their organizations, become beginning critical producers and consumers of the professional evaluative literature, and reap the benefits of more advanced evaluation courses and texts. The authors aim to meet these objectives by presenting a unique approach that is realistic, practical, applied, and user friendly. Unlike other textbooks on the market, Program Evaluation for Social Workers presents both program-level evaluation and case-level evaluation methods; assuming that neither of these two distinct approaches alone adequately reflects the realities of the field, the book demonstrates how they can instead complement each other. This integration of approaches provides an accessible, adaptable, and realistic framework for students and beginning practitioners to more easily grasp and implement in the real world.

New to this Edition

  • Increases emphasis on how to: (1) select and implement social work programs; and (2) use program logic models to describe programs, select intervention strategies, develop and measure program objectives, and help develop program evaluation questions
  • Includes a brand-new chapter ("Evidence-Based Programs")
  • Features five significantly revised and expanded tools (from the previous edition's "Evaluation Toolkit") that are now full chapters: "Measuring Program Outcomes," "Using Common Evaluation Designs," "Collecting Data and Selecting a Sample," and "Training and Supervising Data Collectors"

Features

  • Discusses the application of evaluation methods in real-life social service programs rather than in artificial settings
  • Features tables and figures that provide visual representation of the concepts presented
  • Includes boxes that present interesting evaluation examples; provide additional aids to student learning; and offer historical, social, and political contexts of program evaluation

About the Author(s)

Richard M. Grinnell, Jr. is Professor and Clair and Clarice Platt Jones/Helen Frays Endowed Chair of Social Work Research in the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University.

Peter A. Gabor is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

Yvonne A. Unrau is Professor in the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University.

Table of Contents

    Preface

    Part I: Toward Accountability
    Chapter 1. Introduction
    Chapter 2. Approaches and Types of Evaluations
    Chapter 3. The Evaluation Process

    Part II: Evaluation Standards, Ethics, and Culture
    Chapter 4. Evaluation Standards
    Chapter 5. Evaluation Ethics
    Chapter 6. The Culturally Competent Evaluator

    Part III: The Social Work Program
    Chapter 7. Designing a Program
    Chapter 8. Theory of Change and Program Logic Models
    Chapter 9. Evidence-Based Programs

    Part IV: Doing Evaluations
    Chapter 10. Preparing for an Evaluation
    Chapter 11. Needs Assessments
    Chapter 12. Process Evaluations
    Chapter 13. Outcome Evaluations
    Chapter 14. Efficiency Evaluations

    Part V: Gathering Credible Evidence
    Chapter 15. Measuring Program Outcomes
    Chapter 16. Using Common Evaluation Designs
    Chapter 17. Collecting Data and Selecting a Sample
    Chapter 18. Training and Supervising Data Collectors

    Part VI: Making Decisions with Data
    Chapter 19. Using Data-Information Systems
    Chapter 20. Making Decisions
    Chapter 21. Effective Communication and Reporting

    Glossary
    References
    Credits
    Index