CHAPTER SIXTEENPROGRAM EVALUATION: PRINCIPLES FOR USEFUL EVALUATION

Michael Quinn Patton and Charmagne E. Campbell-Patton

We all evaluate. We each do it every day when we decide what to wear or how to prioritize the various tasks that lie before us. The evaluation profession has developed systematic methods and approaches that can be used to inform judgments and decisions about programs and initiatives of all kinds. Because making judgments and decisions is involved in everything people do, evaluation is important in every discipline, field, profession, and sector, including government, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Program evaluation is a specialized application of evaluative thinking and methods that is especially relevant ...

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