Handbook of Program Evaluation for Social Work and Health Professionals by Michael J. SmithHandbook of Program Evaluation for Social Work and Health Professionals by Michael J. Smith

Handbook of Program Evaluation for Social Work and Health Professionals

byMichael J. Smith

Hardcover | February 15, 2010

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Evaluation is crucial for determining the effectiveness of social programs and interventions. In this nuts and bolts handbook, social work and health care professionals are shown how evaluations should be done, taking the intimidation and guesswork out of this essential task. Currentperspectives in social work and health practice, such as the strengths perspective, consumer empowerment, empowerment evaluation, and evidence-based practice, are linked to evaluation concepts throughout the book to emphasize their importance. This book makes evaluation come alive with comprehensive examples of each different type of evaluation, such as a strengths-based needs assessment in a local community, a needs assessment for Child Health Plus programs, comprehensive program descriptions of HIV services and community services forthe aged, a model for goals and objectives in programs for people with mental illness, a monitoring study of private practice social work, and process evaluations of a Medicare advocacy program and a health advocacy program to explain advance directives. Equal emphasis is given to both quantitativeand qualitative data analysis with real examples that make statistics and concepts in qualitative analysis un-intimidating.By integrating both evaluation and research methods and assuming no previous knowledge of research, this book makes an excellent reference for professionals working in social work and health settings who are now being called upon to conduct or supervise program evaluation and may need a refresher onresearch methods. With a pragmatic approach that includes survey design, data collection methods, sampling, analysis, and report writing, it is also an excellent text or classroom resource for students new to the field of program evaluation.
Michael J. Smith is Professor of Social Work at Hunter College.
Title:Handbook of Program Evaluation for Social Work and Health ProfessionalsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:February 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195158431

ISBN - 13:9780195158434


Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Program Evaluation2. Types of Program Evaluation Studies3. New Trends and Issues in Program Evaluation: The Strengths Perspective, Consumer Empowerment, Empowerment Evaluation, and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)4. Describing the Program5. Needs Assessment Studies6. Determining Program Goals7. Formative Evaluations: Program Monitoring and Process Evaluations8. Designing the Evaluation Study9. Implementing the Evaluation Study and Analyzing the Data10. Writing the Report and Implementing the Findings