Politics in Program Evaluation

  • Kandyce FernandezEmail author
  • Jenna Gonzales
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_2517-1

Synonyms

Introduction

Over the past 50 years, scholars have proposed various definitions of program evaluation, primarily from the standpoint of assessing the effects of social programs. Some definitions include the following:
  • Evaluation determines the merit or worth of a program, policy, or entity (Scriven 1967).

  • Evaluation determines what is needed in societal programs through the systematic collection and use of data (Mertens and Wilson 2012).

  • Evaluation objectively examines the outcomes of programs to determine whether goals are met successfully or unsuccessfully (Weiss 1973).

Cumulatively, program evaluation involves the systematic study of social programs in the public sector. Rooted firmly in social science research methodology, program evaluation determines the merit or worth of program components or the effectiveness of program processes as they relate to program...

Keywords

Evaluation Result Program Evaluation Evaluation Report Stakeholder Engagement Program Component 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA