Effectiveness analysis addresses the question of whether the program met its intended goals and objectives. Its major purposes include reporting a program’s results, providing the basis for data-based management (formative feedback), and providing information for programmatic changes. This type of OBE analysis is the one most commonly used today due to the shift toward pragmatic program evaluation, practical and ethical problems in establishing experimental/control conditions, and the resources (time, money, expertise) required for impact or benefit-cost analysis. Thus, effectiveness analysis is the type of OBE analysis the reader is most likely to do and read about.
An important purpose of outcome evaluation is to help form theories concerning the operation and effectiveness of social programs. Although evaluation which follows the experimental prescription may well be the most useful tool for such an endeavor, it is by no means the only tool. The development of theory is far removed from a one-to-one correspondence with experimental results, and factors such as plausibility and reasonability play an important role in theory development. Those concepts emerge from an intimate understanding of the program or treatment under study, and one must give serious consideration to any research which may help increase such understanding. (p.7)
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