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Agency-Based Program Evaluation Lessons From Practice by Stephen A. Kapp, Gary R. Anderson
  

Agency-Based Program Evaluation Lessons From Practice

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Agency-Based Program Evaluation Lessons From Practice by Stephen A. Kapp, Gary R. Anderson

Agency-based Program Evaluation: Lessons from Practice, by Stephen A. Kapp and Gary R. Anderson, serves as a core textbook in the advanced undergraduate and graduate social work program evaluation courses. It combines the methodology of program evaluation with the reality of working with agencies and organizations to describe the effectiveness of their services and programs. Students will gain an understanding of the political and social context and pressures in which a program is developed, implemented and evaluated. This book offers a practice-oriented approach to evaluation. While many program evaluation methods texts often add a chapter or brief sections that describe organizational and political factors. Features and Benefits: combines the methodology of program evaluation with the reality of working with agencies an understanding of the political and social context and pressures in which a program is developed, implemented and evaluated examples of the techniques to apply in family and children services agencies

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What sets Kapp and Anderson's book apart is an emphasis for nonevaluators on a succinct argument for conducting evaluations and a thorough discussion of applied ethics in evaluation. Agency-Based Program Evaluation would be a good fit for a program evaluation survey course, especially for those in the social work and human service professions (e.g., family therapists). Practitioners of all specialties who are interested in adding program evaluation activities to their skill set will find this a useful introduction to the field, but it shouldn't serve as the sole resource. -- Dr. Mike Bonner


About the Author

Stephen A. Kapp, MSW, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Dr. Kapp has focused his career on agency-based program evaluation of children and family programs. He has over twenty years of experience working both externally and internally on agency evaluations. His teaching and writing efforts have focused on evaluation with an emphasis on the use of information by agency staff and giving service recipients a voice in the evaluation process. Currently, he is managing research grants that examine the service experience of young offenders in the Kansas Mental Health System. Gary R. Anderson, MSW, PhD, is the Director of the School of Social Work, College of Social Science, at Michigan State University. He came to Michigan State University from Hunter College, City University of New York (New York, New York). At Hunter, he was a Professor and the founding Director of the National Resource Center for Permanency Planning. Dr. Anderson has written a number of books and articles on policy and practice related to children and families. His most recent book, Widening the Circle: The Practice and Evaluation of Family Group Conferencing with Children, Youths, and Their Families, was just released by NASW Press. He is the Editor of the journal CHILD WELFARE. He has had over twenty funded projects addressing aspects of child welfare, and is currently leading projects on child welfare worker recruitment and retention, and research related to alternative dispute resolution strategies. He has just completed a three-year term as a board member of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, and serves on three journal editorial review boards. He received his PhD. from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, and MSW from the University of Michigan.

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Publication date

10th December 2009

Author

Stephen A. Kapp, Gary R. Anderson

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Social work
Research methods: general
Non-profitmaking organizations

ISBN

9781412939843

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