Evaluation Theory, Models, and Applications


Author: Daniel L. Stufflebeam,Chris L. S. Coryn
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111807405X
Category: Education
Page: 800
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Coryn, widely considered experts in the evaluation field, introduce and describe 23 program evaluation approaches, including, new to this edition, transformative evaluation, participatory evaluation, consumer feedback, and meta-analysis. Evaluation Theory, Models, and Applications, Second Edition facilitates the process of planning, conducting, and assessing program evaluations. The highlighted evaluation approaches include: Experimental and quasi-experimental design evaluations Daniel L. Stufflebeam's CIPP Model Michael Scriven's Consumer-Oriented Evaluation Michael Patton's Utilization-Focused Evaluation Robert Stake's Responsive/Stakeholder-Centered Evaluation Case Study Evaluation Key readings listed at the end of each chapter direct readers to the most important references for each topic. Learning objectives, review questions, student exercises, and instructor support materials complete the collection of tools.

Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace, Measurement and Evaluation


Author: James L. Moseley,Joan C. Dessinger
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470190671
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 448
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Each volume in this set provides a current review of all information available for the three core areas of improving performance in the workplace: instructional design and training delivery, intervention selection and implementation, measurement and evaluation.

Monte Carlo Simulation and Resampling Methods for Social Science


Author: Thomas M. Carsey,Jeffrey J. Harden
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483324923
Category: Social Science
Page: 304
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Taking the topics of a quantitative methodology course and illustrating them through Monte Carlo simulation, Monte Carlo Simulation and Resampling Methods for Social Science, by Thomas M. Carsey and Jeffrey J. Harden, examines abstract principles, such as bias, efficiency, and measures of uncertainty in an intuitive, visual way. Instead of thinking in the abstract about what would happen to a particular estimator "in repeated samples," the book uses simulation to actually create those repeated samples and summarize the results. The book includes basic examples appropriate for readers learning the material for the first time, as well as more advanced examples that a researcher might use to evaluate an estimator he or she was using in an actual research project. The book also covers a wide range of topics related to Monte Carlo simulation, such as resampling methods, simulations of substantive theory, simulation of quantities of interest (QI) from model results, and cross-validation. Complete R code from all examples is provided so readers can replicate every analysis presented using R.

Models and Methods in Social Network Analysis


Author: Peter J. Carrington,John Scott,Stanley Wasserman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139443432
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
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Models and Methods in Social Network Analysis, first published in 2005, presents the most important developments in quantitative models and methods for analyzing social network data that have appeared during the 1990s. Intended as a complement to Wasserman and Faust's Social Network Analysis: Methods and Applications, it is a collection of articles by leading methodologists reviewing advances in their particular areas of network methods. Reviewed are advances in network measurement, network sampling, the analysis of centrality, positional analysis or blockmodelling, the analysis of diffusion through networks, the analysis of affiliation or 'two-mode' networks, the theory of random graphs, dependence graphs, exponential families of random graphs, the analysis of longitudinal network data, graphical techniques for exploring network data, and software for the analysis of social networks.

The Reviewer’s Guide to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences


Author: Gregory R. Hancock,Ralph O. Mueller
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135172994
Category: Education
Page: 448
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The Reviewer’s Guide is designed for reviewers of research manuscripts and proposals in the social and behavioral sciences, and beyond. Its uniquely structured chapters address traditional and emerging quantitative methods of data analysis.

Experimentation and Evaluation Plans for the 2010 Census

Interim Report
Author: Lawrence D. Brown,Michael L. Cohen,Daniel L. Cork,Panel on the Design of the 2010 Census Program of Evaluations and Experiments,National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309178371
Category: Social Science
Page: 93
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For the past 50 years, the Census Bureau has conducted experiments and evaluations with every decennial census involving field data collection during which alternatives to current census processes are assessed for a subset of the population. An "evaluation" is usually a post hoc analysis of data collected as part of the decennial census processing to determine whether individual steps in the census operated as expected. The 2010 Program for Evaluations and Experiments, known as CPEX, has enormous potential to reduce costs and increase effectiveness of the 2020 census by reducing the initial list of potential research topics from 52 to 6. The panel identified three priority experiments for inclusion in the 2010 census to assist 2020 census planning: (1) an experiment on the use of the Internet for data collection; (2) an experiment on the use of administrative records for various census purposes; and (3) an experiment (or set of experiments) on features of the census questionnaire. They also came up with 11 recommendations to improve efficiency and quality of data collection including allowing use of the Internet for data submission and including one or more alternate questionnaire experiments to examine things such as the representation of race and ethnicity.

Test Theory

A Unified Treatment
Author: Roderick P. McDonald
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1135675309
Category: Psychology
Page: 498
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This book introduces the reader to the main quantitative concepts, methods, and computational techniques needed for the development, evaluation, and application of tests in the behavioral/social sciences, including educational tests. Two empirical examples are carried throughout to illustrate alternative methods. Other data sets are used for special illustrations. Self-contained programs for confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis are available on the Web. Intended for students of psychology, particularly educational psychology, as well as social science students interested in how tests are constructed and used, prerequisites include a course on statistics. The programs and data files for this book can be downloaded from www.psypress.com/test-theory/

Handbook of Feminist Research

Theory and Praxis
Author: Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483341453
Category: Social Science
Page: 792
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This Handbook presents both a theoretical and practical approach to conducting social science research on, for, and about women. It develops an understanding of feminist research by introducing a range of feminist epistemologies, methodologies, and emergent methods that have had a significant impact on feminist research practice and women's studies scholarship. Contributors to the Second Edition continue to highlight the close link between feminist research and social change and transformation. The new edition expands the base of scholarship into new areas, with 12 entirely new chapters on topics such as the natural sciences, social work, the health sciences, and environmental studies. It extends discussion of the intersections of race, class, gender, and globalization, as well as transgender, transsexualism and the queering of gender identities. All 22 chapters retained from the first edition are updated with the most current scholarship, including a focus on the role that new technologies play in the feminist research process. Discover the latest news from Author Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber: Visit http://www.fordham.edu/Campus_Resources/eNewsroom/topstories_2397.asp

The Association Graph and the Multigraph for Loglinear Models


Author: Harry J. Khamis
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1452238952
Category: Mathematics
Page: 136
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The Association Graph and the Multigraph for Loglinear Models will help students, particularly those studying the analysis of categorical data, to develop the ability to evaluate and unravel even the most complex loglinear models without heavy calculations or statistical software. This supplemental text reviews loglinear models, explains the association graph, and introduces the multigraph to students who may have little prior experience of graphical techniques, but have some familiarity with categorical variable modeling. The author presents logical step-by-step techniques from the point of view of the practitioner, focusing on how the technique is applied to contingency table data and how the results are interpreted.

Scale Development

Theory and Applications
Author: Robert F. DeVellis
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761926054
Category: Mathematics
Page: 171
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'Scale Development' guides the reader toward the identification of the latent variable, the generation of an item pool, the format for measurement & the optimization of the scale length. Using exercises to illustrate the concepts, the text also includes advice about factor analytic strategies.

Research, Actionable Knowledge, and Social Change

Reclaiming Social Responsibility Through Research Partnerships
Author: Edward P. St. John
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 1579227376
Category: Education
Page: 276
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A professional text written for social science researchers and practitioners, Research, Actionable Knowledge and Social Change provides strategies and frameworks for using social science research to engage in critical social and educational problem solving. Combining the best practices of critical analysis and traditional research methods, this professional text offers guidance for using the Action Inquiry Model (AIM), a transformative model that explains how to successfully conduct action-oriented research in a multitude of professional service organizations. The aim of the text is to encourage a new generation of research-based partnerships reforms that promote equity and access for underserved populations. Topics discussed include: • The historical precedents for universities engaged in social change • The limitations of current social science theory and methods • The critical-empirical approach to social research • The issues relating to social justice within the policy decision process • The use of social research to integrate an emphasis of social justice into economic and policy decision making Research, Actionable Knowledge and Social Change does not propose different foundations for social research, but rather argues that it is necessary to reconsider how to work with theory and research methods to inform change. This text can also be used by students enrolled in graduate and Ed.D/Ph.D Higher Education Leadership programs and graduate programs across professional fields including K-12, public administration, sociology, health, cultural studies, organizational development and organizational theory. It further offers students guidance for research design and dissertation research.

Microsimulation as a Tool for the Evaluation of Public Policies

Methods and Applications
Author: Amedeo Spadaro
Publisher: Fundacion BBVA
ISBN: 8496515176
Category: Economic policy
Page: 352
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Esta publicación recoge las contribuciones de los expertos que participaron en el encuentro internacional del mismo nombre, celebrado con el apoyo de la Fundación BBVA. Durante este encuentro, se presentó el SimFundaciónBBVA, un modelo de microsimulación capaz de anticipar los efectos sobre la población española de los posibles cambios en el sistema fiscal -particularmente, en el impuesto sobre la renta-, al que, en la actualidad, se puede acceder libremente desde la página web de la Fundación (www.fbbva.es). En este libro se explican los fundamentos teóricos de la microsimulación como técnica microeconométrica de evaluación de las políticas públicas. Basadas en la representación del comportamiento de los individuos frente a cambios reales o hipotéticos en su entorno económico e institucional, las técnicas de microsimulación se realizan con modelos de alta precisión y exactitud, y permiten predecir el impacto que una política determinada ejercerá sobre una muestra de individuos, familias o empresas representativa de la población total. Asimismo, se ilustran varias aplicaciones de modelos desarrollados en España, Italia y Noruega; en las áreas sanitaria, energética, fiscal y agrícola; en el comercio internacional e, incluso, como instrumento para determinar políticas de lucha contra la pobreza a nivel supranacional. Los modelos de microsimulación, al permitir evaluar ex-ante diferentes escenarios, pueden contribuir a mejorar el diseño y la eficacia de las políticas públicas, así como a facilitar la toma de decisiones en áreas fundamentales.

Ubiquitous Computing

Developing and Evaluating Near Field Communication Applications
Author: Florian Resatsch
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783834986832
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 274
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Florian Resatsch investigates the optimal strategies for developing and evaluating ubiquitous computing applications based on Near Field Communication. He offers a range of design guidelines for NFC applications in four categories: NFC technology, tag infrastructure, devices, and human factors.

Critical Perspectives on the Organization and Improvement of Schooling


Author: Kenneth A. Sirotnik,Jeannie Oakes
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 940094229X
Category: Education
Page: 256
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Major "paradigm shifts"-replacing one "world view" with another regarding what constitutes appropriate knowledge do not happen over night. Centuries usually intervene in the process. Even minor shifts admitting alternative world views into the domain of legitimate knowledge producing theory and practice-require decades of controversy, especially, it seems to us, in the field of education. It has only been in the last 20 years or so that the educational research community has begun to accept the "scientific" credibility of the qualitative approaches to inquiry such as participant observation, case study, ethnogra phy, and the like. In fact, these methods, with their long and distinguished philosophical traditions in phenomenology, have really only come into their own within the last decade. The critical perspective on generating and evaluating knowledge and practice-what this book is mostly about-is in many ways a radical depar ture from both the more traditional quantitative and qualitative perspec tives. The traditional approaches, in fact, are far more similar to one another than they are to the critical perspective. This is the case, in our view, for one crucial reason: Both the more quantitative, empirical-analytic and qualitative, interpretive traditions share a fundamental epistemological commitment: they both eschew ideology and human interests as explicit components in their paradigms of inquiry. Ideology and human interests, however, are the "bread and butter" of a critical approach to inquiry.

Operational Research and the Social Sciences


Author: S.A. Cropper,Michael C. Jackson,Paul Keys
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461307899
Category: Psychology
Page: 723
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Twenty five years ago, in 1964, The Operational Research Society's first International Conference (held at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge) took as its theme "Operational Research and the Social Sciences". The Conference sessions were organised around topics such as: Organisations and Control; Social Effects of Policies; Conflict Resolution; The Systems Concept; Models, Decisions and Operational Research. An examination of the published proceedings (J.R.Lawrence ed., 1966, Operational Research and the Social Sciences, Tavistock, London) reveals a distinct contrast between the types of contribution made by the representatives of the two academic communities involved. Nevertheless, the Conference served to break down some barriers, largely of ignorance about the objects, methods and findings of each concern. In the ensuing twenty five years, although debate has continued about the relationship between OR and the social sciences, mutual understanding has proved more difficult to achieve than many must have hoped for in 1964.

Causal Inference for Statistics, Social, and Biomedical Sciences

An Introduction
Author: Guido W. Imbens,Donald B. Rubin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316094391
Category: Mathematics
Page: N.A
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Most questions in social and biomedical sciences are causal in nature: what would happen to individuals, or to groups, if part of their environment were changed? In this groundbreaking text, two world-renowned experts present statistical methods for studying such questions. This book starts with the notion of potential outcomes, each corresponding to the outcome that would be realized if a subject were exposed to a particular treatment or regime. In this approach, causal effects are comparisons of such potential outcomes. The fundamental problem of causal inference is that we can only observe one of the potential outcomes for a particular subject. The authors discuss how randomized experiments allow us to assess causal effects and then turn to observational studies. They lay out the assumptions needed for causal inference and describe the leading analysis methods, including matching, propensity-score methods, and instrumental variables. Many detailed applications are included, with special focus on practical aspects for the empirical researcher.

Decision Science and Social Risk Management

A Comparative Evaluation of Cost-Benefit Analysis, Decision Analysis, and Other Formal Decision-Aiding Approaches
Author: M.W Merkhofer
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400946988
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 330
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Economists, decision analysts, management scientists, and others have long argued that government should take a more scientific approach to decision making. Pointing to various theories for prescribing and rational izing choices, they have maintained that social goals could be achieved more effectively and at lower costs if government decisions were routinely subjected to analysis. Now, government policy makers are putting decision science to the test. Recent government actions encourage and in some cases require government decisions to be evaluated using formally defined principles 01' rationality. Will decision science pass tbis test? The answer depends on whether analysts can quickly and successfully translate their theories into practical approaches and whether these approaches promote the solution of the complex, highly uncertain, and politically sensitive problems that are of greatest concern to government decision makers. The future of decision science, perhaps even the nation's well-being, depends on the outcome. A major difficulty for the analysts who are being called upon by government to apply decision-aiding approaches is that decision science has not yet evolved a universally accepted methodology for analyzing social decisions involving risk. Numerous approaches have been proposed, including variations of cost-benefit analysis, decision analysis, and applied social welfare theory. Each of these, however, has its limitations and deficiencies and none has a proven track record for application to govern ment decisions involving risk. Cost-benefit approaches have been exten sively applied by the government, but most applications have been for decisions that were largely risk-free.

Handbook of Intercultural Training

Issues in Theory and Design
Author: Dan Landis,Richard W. Brislin
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 1483138879
Category: Social Science
Page: 286
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Handbook of Intercultural Training, Volume I: Issues in Theory and Design is a compilation of nine essays dealing with a problem central to today's complex world: ""How can people best live and work with others who come from very different cultural backgrounds?"" The major focus of the nine essays in this book is the experience of living and working for long periods in other cultures. The book also focuses on other types of cross-cultural experiences, such as majority-minority group relations, training and preparation, and integration. There are analyses of possible experiences people may have, such as stress during adjustments. Other authors in this book address the benefits of intercultural action and integration into a country's educational system. International education is seen to benefit through a greater attention to face-to-face cross-cultural experience. The first seven essays are good descriptions of intercultural behavior and training, while Chapter 8 is an evaluation of cross-cultural training. The last chapter describes the atlas of affective meanings containing 620 concepts from 30 languages/culture communities for use in intercultural training and education. Behavioral and social scientists, trainers and cross-cultural scientists, overseas businessmen, foreign students, diplomats, immigrants, and other people who work in different cultures will find this handbook very helpful.

Measurement Theory and Practice in Kinesiology


Author: Terry Wood,Terry M. Wood,Weimo Zhu
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISBN: 9780736045032
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 428
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Provides readers with an understanding of the basics of measurement techniques in physical activity, by focusing on understanding the concept behind techniques. Looking at measurement issues in the physical domain, this book is useful for post graduate students, researchers and professionals in sport and exercise science.

Evaluating Public Relations

A Guide to Planning, Research and Measurement
Author: Tom Watson,Paul Noble
Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
ISBN: 0749468904
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 208
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Operating under tight budget constraints and with an ever-increasing range of tools and technologies to choose from, PR professionals have never been under so much pressure to justify their decisions. Evaluating Public Relations advises PR practitioners at all levels on how to demonstrate clearly and objectively the impact that their work has to their clients and managers. The authors draw on both their practical and academic experience to discuss a diverse range of evaluation methods and strategies. This fully updated edition of Evaluating Public Relations includes coverage and advice on the industry standards on PR measurement. Covering both theory and practice and containing case studies on Philips, Pepsi, St John Ambulance, Medicare and Westminster City Council, it is an essential handbook for both students and experienced practitioners.