Fundamental Issues in Evaluation

Edited by Nick L. Smith and Paul R. Brandon

October 26, 2007
ISBN 9781593853426
Price: $45.00
266 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

“Offers a significant contribution to the literature which explores the nature and importance of recurring issues in evaluation....Examines issues and concerns that continue to face the evaluation field today, as they have historically, and examines them in a balanced and comprehensive manner. The book achieves its aim of exploring the nature and importance of fundamental issues, and their impact on evaluation, theory, method, practice, and the profession.”

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“For a while now, I have been searching for a book to help me reshape and reorganize my introductory program evaluation course for graduate students in our Policy and Leadership program. Fundamental Issues in Evaluation is exactly what I need. I can organize my course around the structure of the book and its categorization of fundamental issues, framing evaluation as theory, method, practice, and profession. Even more important, the chapters offer engaging perspectives that boldly question traditional stances on evaluation in each of the categories. I thank Smith and Brandon for giving me both the structure and the critical content that I've been looking for.”

—Sharon F. Rallis, EdD, Dwight W. Allen Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and Reform, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Evaluation is a very young and fast-growing discipline that has developed and adapted through constant reflection on its purposes and methods. The contributors to this volume have accelerated this ongoing process of reassessment. They have made the key issues facing evaluators explicit and tangible, and have provided theoretical and practical lenses through which evaluation professionals can envision and engage in productive conversations about their roles and approaches.”

—Lorna M. Earl, Co-founder, International Centre for Educational Change, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada

“A first-rate examination of theories, methods, and practices in contemporary evaluation, this book is a necessity for the library of any professional evaluator and is equally valuable for graduate study. It offers outstanding consideration of enduring, important questions surrounding stakeholder involvement, diverse participation, social justice, and appropriate methodologies. Chapter authors are writing 'at the top of their game,' and almost every chapter is clear, eloquent, and about the best statement one could find on the issues. Smith and Brandon have brought together a timely book of enormous value, one that will join other classics in our field. Treat yourself to excellence and get a copy today!”

—Lois-Ellin Datta, President, Datta Analysis, Waikoloa, Hawaii