7 Evaluation of the Winning New Jobs Program

The purpose of this chapter is to illustrate how program theory-driven evaluation science was used to help design, implement, and evaluate a reemployment program delivered in three different organizations in the state of California. This chapter is organized to illustrate how the three general steps of program theory-driven evaluation science were implemented in this evaluation:

  1. Developing program impact theory.
  2. Formulating and prioritizing evaluation questions.
  3. Answering evaluation questions.

The following discussion of the evaluation of Winning New Jobs (WNJ) is intended to provide a specific example of program theory-driven evaluation in practice, and to demonstrate the benefits and challenges ...

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