Actionable Evaluation Basics: Getting succinct answers to the most important questions [minibook]

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Avoid getting lost in indicators, measures, and analysis methods; use this guide to get clear, well-reasoned, insightful answers to the most important questions. Great tips for reporting that is succinct and straight-to-the-point without falling into the trap of oversimplification. This easy-to-read, informative minibook gives a practical overview of 6 elements essential for actionable evaluation. More
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About E. Jane Davidson

Dr. Jane Davidson helps evaluators, evaluation teams, and organizations ask the right questions about quality, value, and performance - and get straight-to-the-point actionable answers.

Jane is internationally known for her work in applying critical thinking and evaluative reasoning to evaluation, policy, strategy, and program design. She is author of Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation (Sage, 2005), which has sold well in the U.S. and internationally as a graduate text and evaluation practitioners’ guidebook.

Jane brings a distinctively multidisciplinary and refreshingly practical, plain language approach to her work, which spans education, health, social policy, leadership development, and many other areas.

Since winning the American Evaluation Association’s Marcia Guttentag Award in 2005, Jane has delivered keynote addresses and professional development workshops around the world, in the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Denmark, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Reviews of Actionable Evaluation Basics: Getting succinct answers to the most important questions [minibook] by E. Jane Davidson

sigrid patterson reviewed on Oct. 13, 2013

Great book. Really quick to read and great, usable information. Making evaluations usable is an area that seems to be lacking information and this book provides practical ideas on how to do that. Thanks you, I will recommend
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Martha Kyrillidou reviewed on Aug. 27, 2013
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This is a wonderful primer -- required reading for introducing everyone to evaluation processes. Thank you -- Martha Kyrillidou
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Sheila Robinson reviewed on Aug. 23, 2013

Love this mini-book! As others have mentioned, it's accessible and relevant and well-presented for a smooth read. I've just decided it will be a required purchase and reading for my graduate students in their Program Evaluation Methods course. I appreciate most the good examples of evauation questions, the elucidation of differences between descriptive and evaluative questions, the examples of generic and specific rubrics for educational programs, good explanation of indicators, criteria, and outcome domains, and finally a good explanation of why not to give recommendations in a report, but rather rely on actionable data - the answers to explicilty evaluative questions.
(reviewed 80 days after purchase)
Lindsay Wonnacott reviewed on June 19, 2013

I had the pleasure of seeing Jane present at the CES Conference in June 2013 and could hardly wait to get my hands on this e-book. I am a new program evaluator working in public health and this book will be very useful in the work that I do. I am working with staff, and the organization as a whole, to overcome evaluation anxiety and build evaluation capacity - so it is extremely important that the work I do is kept succinct and useful. My favorite part is the "cheat sheet" of big picture evaluation questions - it's an excellent jumping off point for any evaluation.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Bronte Koop reviewed on May 15, 2013
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Jane Davidson practices what she preaches! Easy to understand language, practical examples and really useful concepts and ideas. Her booklet is a must for anyone trying to undertake an evaluation, from a simple in house budget version, to a major external evaluation. Rubrics are discussed in the book, which are such a useful methodology when evaluating in areas where performance metrics are hard to come by, but 'judgement calls' are a reliable indicator. If you have trouble finding time to read tomes of methodology, Jane's sound byte approach suits is just what you need. Bronte Koop
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Karen Newton reviewed on Oct. 14, 2012

This book was really useful in reminding me about the essence of what evaluation is - ie it's not about methods, it's about reasoning. As an evaluation practitioner, it is very easy to get caught up in the 'how to' questions and considerations and lose sight of the 'why evaluation and not just research' considerations and questions. I think this book will be most useful for readers who have a reasonably solid grasp of evaluation theory and methods but have become less confident about how to keep evaluation relevant, useful, and actionable. Thanks Jane for helping us yet again to keep evaluation simple at the same time as warning us about not letting it become simplistic. Nga mihi Karen Newton.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

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