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Evaluating family-based services /

by Pecora, Peter J.

Publisher: New York, NY Aldine de Gruyter 1995Description: xxvii, 315 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Evaluation: a systematic approach. /

by Rossi, Peter H | Freeman, Howard E.

Edition: 4th ed.Publisher: New York, NY Sage 1989Description: 495 p. Bibliography: p. 469-487. Index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Everyday evaluation on the run : the user-friendly introductory guide to effective evaluation /

by Wadsworth, Yoland.

Edition: 3rd editionPublisher: Walnut Creek, CA Left Coast Press Inc 2011Description: xvii, 215 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index Cartoons by Simon KneeboneSummary: "Effective evaluation can provide valuable insights into the way a program, a course or an organisation is being run, and direction for improvement. This widely-used introduction to evaluation is intended for non-specialists in the human services who need to do evaluation as part of a busy workload. Everyday Evaluation on the Run offers a practical over view of the main approaches to evaluation, strategies for involving stakeholders, and the evaluation industry's toolbox of models and techniques. The author emphasises the core principles and concepts of evaluation, and the idea of building a culture of evaluation. This third edition of Everyday Evaluation on the Run reflects current thinking on values in organisations and the need to use evaluation to guide future practice rather than just as an auditing process. With extensive examples, it is a handy reference for professionals and students in health, welfare, and community work, and in government and non-profit agencies." -- Book cover.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Everyday evaluation on the run. /

by Wadsworth, Yoland.

Edition: 2nd ed.Publisher: St. Leonards, N.S.W. Allen & Unwin 1997Description: xi, 115 p. : ill. ; 30 cm.Notes: First published in 1991 by Action Issues Research Centre.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Family Intervention Projects : A Classic Case of Policy-based Evidence /

by Gregg, David | Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

Publisher: Centre for Crime and Justice Studies 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2010 Bibliography : p. 16-17Summary: This 21-page UK briefing is based on a comprehensive re-analysis of government- funded evaluations on the effectiveness of its Family Intervention Project (FIP)strategyAvailability: (1)

Internal evaluation : building organizations from within. /

by Love, Arnold J.

Publisher: Newbury Park, CA Sage Publications 1991Description: 158 p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Realistic evaluation /

by Pawson, Ray | Tilley, Nick.

Publisher: London, U.K. Sage 1997Description: xvii, 235 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.Notes: Brotherhood Staff please ask Library Staff for access to e-copySummary: Realistic Evaluation shows how program evaluation needs to be, and can be bettered. It presents a profound yet highly readable critique of current evaluation practice, and goes on to introduce a 'manifesto' and 'handbook' for a fresh approach. The main body of this book is devoted to the articulation of a new evaluation paradigm, which promises greater validity and utility from the findings of evaluation studies. The authors call this new approach 'realistic evaluation'. The name reflects the paradigm's foundation in scientific realist philosophy, its commitment to the idea that programmes deal with real problems rather than mere social constructions, and its primary intention, which is to inform realistic developments in policy making that benefit programme participants and the public. Ray Pawson and Nicholas Tilley argue with passion that scientific evaluation requires a careful blend of theory and method, quality and quantity, ambition and realism. The book offers a complete blueprint for evaluation activities, running from design to data collection and analysis to the cumulation of findings across programmes and onto the realization of research into policy.The argument is developed using practical examples throughout and is grounded in the major fields of programme evaluation. This book will be essential reading for all those involved in the evaluation process especially those researchers, students and practitioners in the core disciplines of sociology, social policy, criminology, health and education. 'This book is a must for those engaged in the field, providing a fully illustrated text on evaluation with numerous examples from the criminal justice system. Unusually, it offers something for the academic, practitioner and student alike. I found Pawson and Tilley's latest work on evaluation an enjoyable and informative read. For myself their "realistic evaluation" clarified and formalised a jumbled set of ideas I had already been developing. Although not everyone will agree with the methodology proposed by the authors, this book is a valuable read as it will cause most of us at least to review our methodological stance' - International Journal of Police Science and Management 'This is an engaging book with a strong sense of voice and communicative task. The voice is sometimes strident, but always clear.Its communicative qualities are evident equally in its structure: lots of signposting for the reader within and across chapters' - Language Teaching Research 'This provocative, elegant and highly insightful book focuses on the effective incorporation of actual practice into the formulation of evaluation methodology. What a pleasure to read sentences like: "The research act involves "learning" a stakeholder's theories, formalizing them, and "teaching" them back to that informant who is then in a position to comment upon, clarify and further refine the key ideas". Pawson and Tilley have given us a wise, witty and persuasive account of how real practitioner experience might be encouraged to intrude on (and modify) researchers' concepts about program processes and outcomes. This holds important promise for achieving something that is devoutly to be wished: closer interaction among at least some researchers and some policy makers' - Eleanor Chelimsky, Past-President of the American Evaluation Association 'This is a sustained methodological argument by two wordly-wise social scientists.Unashamedly intellectual, theoretically ambitious yet with a clear but bounded conception of evaluation. It is articulate, occasionally eloquent and always iconoclastic, whilst eschewing "paradigm wars". The Pawson and Tilley "realist" call to arms threatens to take no prisoners among experimentalists, constructivists or pluralists. It is the kind of book that clarifies your thoughts, even when you disagree with everything they say' - Elliot Stern, The Tavistock InstituteAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
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The politics of evaluation : participation and policy implementation. /

by Taylor, David (ed.) | Balloch, Susan (ed.).

Publisher: Bristol, U.K. Policy Press 2005Description: xiii, 261 p.Notes: January 2005 Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: Introduction : The politics of evaluation : an overview / David Taylor and Susan Balloch -- Part 1: Governance and evaluation -- 1. Below decks on the youth justice flagship: the politics of evaluation / Peter Squires and Lynda Measor -- 2. Urban regeneration: who defines the indicators? / Peter Ambrose -- 3. Reaching for the stars: the performance assessment framework for social services / Stella Law and Karin Janzon -- Part 2: Participation and evaluation -- 4. Service-user involvement in evaluation and research: issues, dilemmas and destinations / Peter Beresford -- 5. Best value but not best interests: can service users instruct mental health advocates? / Hazel Platzer -- 6. New Deal for Communities as a participatory public policy: the challenges for evaluation / Kay Graham and Amanda Harris -- 7. Discovery through dialogue and appreciative inquiry: a participative evaluation framework for project development / Glynis Cousin, Judith Cousin and Frances Deepwell -- 8. Evaluating projects aimed at supporting the parents of young people: "I didn't learn anything new, but..."/ Debi Roker -- Part 3. Partnerships and evaluation -- 9. Evaluating interagency working in health and social care: politics, policies and outcomes for service users / Audrey Leathard -- 10. Reflections on an evaluation of partnerships to cope with winter pressures / Susan Balloch, Alison Penn and Helen Charnley -- 11. Evaluating a partnership approach to supporting people into employment / Hilary Arksey -- Part 4. Learning from evaluation -- 12. Evaluation and the New Deal for Communities: learning what for whom? / Ian Smith and Lucy Grimshaw -- 13. Community-led regeneration: learning loops or reinvented wheels? / Mike Rowe and Marilyn Taylor -- 14. Can social capital be a framework for participative evaluation of community health work? / Jennie Fleming and Thilo Boeck -- 15. Learning the art of evaluation: presume the presence of politics / Georgie Parry-Crooke and Cathy Sullivan. -- Conclusion : What the politics of evaluation implies / Susan Balloch and David Taylor.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Understanding research for social policy and practice : themes, methods and approaches. /

by Becker, Saul (ed.) | Bryman, Alan (ed.).

Publisher: Bristol, U.K. The Policy Press 2004Description: xviii, 423 p. : ill.Notes: June 2004 Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Understanding research for social policy and social work : themes, methods and approaches /

by Becker, Saul (ed.) | Bryman, Alan (ed.).

Publisher: Bristol, U.K. Policy Press 2012Description: xvii,430 p.Summary: It is vital for students, policy makers and practitioners engaged in social policy, social work and other related academic disciplines and fields of practice to understand the importance of research and how to interpret research evidence and findings. They also need to know how to effectively carry out and report good quality research of their own. This thoroughly revised and expanded second edition of the acclaimed international best-seller will enable readers to meet all these challenges. Comprehensive in scope, and written expertly by 80 leading contributors in an accessible and engaging style, this landmark book, from The Policy Press' Understanding Welfare series ,includes dozens of new sections which highlight developments since the first edition. It also combines theoretical and applied discussions and case examples to provide the essential one-stop guide to research methods, approaches and debates. The book is essential reading for students and teachers of social policy, social work, public policy, , criminology, nursing and health sciences, education and other applied social sciences;; policy makers and practitioners who would like to improve their use of research evidence; and those who want to conduct high quality research of their own. [Publisher]Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Women on the move : evaluating a refugee mentoring pilot project

by Bond, Sharon | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: vii, 51 p. : ill.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Bibliography : p. 50-51Summary: This report presents an evaluation of a small-scale pilot in which refugee women requiring personal and settlement support were matched with volunteer mentors in the City of Hume in Melbourne's north. The project, run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence?s Ecumenical Migration Centre, shows the potential for community-based initiatives to reduce social isolation and help newcomers adjust to life in Australia, as well as to increase understanding in the wider community.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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