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Program Evaluation

Alternative Approaches and Practical Guidelines

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Jody L. Fitzpatrick University of Colorado Denver

James R. Sanders Western Michigan University

Blaine R. Worthen Utah State University

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Fitzpatrick, Jody L. Program evaluation: alternative approaches and practical guidelines / Jody L. Fitzpatrick, James R.

Sanders, Blaine R. Worthen. p. cm.

ISBN 978-0-205-57935-8 1. Educational evaluation—United States. 2. Evaluation research (Social action programs)—

United States. 3. Evaluation—Study and teaching—United States. I. Sanders, James R. II. Worthen, Blaine R. III. Worthen, Blaine R. Program evaluation. IV. Title.

LB2822.75.W67 2011 379.1’54—dc22

2010025390 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

ISBN 10: 0-205-57935-3 ISBN 13: 978-0-205-57935-8



Jody Fitzpatrick has been a faculty member in public administration at the Uni- versity of Colorado Denver since 1985. She teaches courses in research methods and evaluation, conducts evaluations in many schools and human service settings, and writes extensively about the successful practice of evaluation. She has served on the Board of the American Evaluation Association and on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Evaluation and New Directions for Evaluation. She has also served as Chair of the Teaching of Evaluation Topical Interest Group at the American Evaluation Association and has won a university-wide teaching award at her university. In one of her recent publications, Evaluation in Action: Interviews with Expert Evaluators, she uses interviews with expert evaluators on one evaluation to talk about the decisions that evaluators face as they plan and conduct evaluations and the factors that influence their choices. She is currently evaluating the chang- ing roles of counselors in middle schools and high schools and a program to help immigrant middle-school girls to achieve and stay in school. Her international work includes research on evaluation in Spain and Europe and, recently, she has spoken on evaluation issues to policymakers and evaluators in France, Spain, Denmark, Mexico, and Chile.

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