1. Campbell, D. T., & Stanley, J. (1963). Experimental and quasi-experimental designs for research. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.
The classic text on the design and use of experimental and quasi-experimental designs in research and evaluation.
2. Campbell, D. T. (1969). Reforms as experiments. American Psychologist, 24(4).
A seminal article in which Campbell argues compellingly for treating new social and educational programs as experiments to be rigorously evaluated, rather than assuming their effectiveness at the outset and having to endure the contentious political debates that follow the publication of negative evaluation findings.
3. Chelimsky, E., & Shadish, W. (1997). Evaluation for the 21st century: A handbook. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
A compilation of articles on all aspects of evaluation (history, theory, and practice) in a wide range of institutional and programmatic settings (from social and educational programs to public health and defense programs) by two highly respected authorities. Eleanor Chelimsky was the original director of the General Accounting Office's Institute for Program Evaluation that carried out government program evaluations for the Congress.
4. Cook, T. D., & Campbell, D. T. (1979). Quasi-experimentation: Design and analysis issues for field settings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.
More on the use of quasi-experimental designs in difficult filed settings.
5. Herman, J. L. (1997). Program evaluation kit. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
An omnibus, step-by-step guide to planning and conducting program evaluations. It covers the entire evaluation process from design to presentation. This nine-volume set is available from Sage for $115.
Vol. 1. Herman, J. L., Morris, L.L., & Fitz-Gibbon, C. T. Evaluator's handbook.
Vol. 2. Stecher, B. M., & Davis, W. How to focus an evaluation.
Vol. 3. Fitz-Gibbon, C. T., & Morris, L. L. How to design a program evaluation.
Vol. 4. Patton, M. Q. How to use qualitative methods in evaluation.
Vol. 5. King, J. A., Morris, L.L., & Fitz-Gibbon, C. T. How to assess program implementation.
Vol. 6. Henerson, M. E., Morris, L.L., & Fitz-Gibbon, C. T. How to measure attitudes.
Vol. 7. Morris, L. L., Lindheim E., & Fitz-Gibbon, C. T. How to measure performance and use tests.
Vol. 8. Fitz-Gibbon, C. T., & Morris, L.L. How to analyze data.
Vol. 9. Morris, L.L., Fitz-Gibbon, C. T., & Freeman, M. E. How to communicate evaluation findings.
8. Rossi, P., Freeman, H., & Lipsey, M. (1999). Evaluation: A systematic approach. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
A comprehensive text book by two of the most respected authorities in the field of evaluation. It covers conceptualizing and planning an evaluation, program monitoring, randomized and quasi-experimental designs, measuring efficiency, and the utilization of evaluation results.
9. Worthen, B., Sanders, J., & Fitzpatrick, J. (1997). Program evaluations: Alternative approaches and practical guidelines. Washington: Longman.
A comprehensive textbook on evaluation that focuses on education but provides examples from a variety of agency and institutional settings, including health, and the social sciences. It covers practical guidelines for the implementation and use of evaluation, conducting multiple-site evaluations studies, and approaches to conducting evaluations in business and industrial settings.
10. Wergin, J. F., & Braskamp, L. A. (1987). Evaluating administrative services and programs. San Francisco: Josey-Bass.
A collection of articles and studies on how to evaluate administrative and service programs, such as planning, administrative units, student support services, counseling, staff development, and computer services.
11. Wholey, J. S., Hatry, H. P. & Newcomer, K. E. (1994). Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation. San Francisco: Josey-Bass.
This practical guide, written by experts in the field of evaluation, describes in detail how to create an evaluation design and collect an analyze data. It is aimed at managers and administrators and focuses on improving program performance.
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