Week #2 Discussion: Types of Program Evaluation
There are many types of policy and program evaluations. There are variations in terminology, but the major types of evaluation typically involve the following: a) determining the need and requirement for a program; b) assessing whether a program is working the way it is supposed to work; and c) the impact of the program on the larger environment, both short and long term. For this Discussion, review this weekâ€™s Learning Resources and select a case involving physical infrastructure or economic development.
Discuss a brief descriiption of the project and explain the type of evaluation employed in the case. Explain whether this was a needs assessment, formative, process, or summative (impact) evaluation and why. Describe the type of data used and whether comparisons were employed.
Langbein, L. (2012). Public program evaluation: A statistical guide (2nd ed.). Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe.
â€¢ Chapter 1, â€œWhat This Book Is Aboutâ€ (pp. 3â€“20)
McDavid, J. C., Huse, I., & Hawthorn, L. R. L. (2019). Program evaluation and performance measurement: An introduction to practice (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
â€¢ Chapter 1, â€œKey Concepts and Issues in Program Evaluation and Performance Measurementâ€ (pp. 2-43)
â€¢ Chapter 6, â€œNeeds Assessments for Program Development and Adjustmentâ€ (pp. 248-293)
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