visión de conjunto:Críticas The style is personal. The examples are easy to understand. And the book’s advice comes from one of the profession’s leading authorities an experienced evaluation practitioner and award-winning evaluation scholar who integrates theory and practice seamlessly so that they become one as well they should. Whether you are new to evaluation or are a professional looking for a refresher on fundamentals this book offers an alphabet soup sure to please the palate. - Michael Quinn Patton author of Developmental Evaluation Years of experience wisdom and common sense come through in this highly accessible readable introduction to the world of program evaluation. Highlights include a strong clear explication of the concept of the logic model and an insightful discussion of contracts and agreements….An excellent resource for individuals thinking about entering the field and program administrators who are intent on being thoughtful and data oriented in their own practice. - William E. Bickel Senior Scientist Learning Research and Development Center University of Pittsburgh USA Reseña del editor Written in a refreshing conversational style this text thoroughly prepares students program administrators and new evaluators to conduct evaluations or to use them in their work. The book's question-driven focus and clear discussions about the importance of fostering evaluation use by building collaborative relationships with stakeholders set it apart from other available texts. In 26 concise sections Marvin C. Alkin explores how to articulate answerable evaluation questions collect and analyze data using both quantitative and qualitative methods and deal with contingencies that might alter the traditional sequence of an evaluation. Student-friendly features include handy bulleted recaps of each section Thinking Ahead and Next Steps pointers cautionary notes annotated suggestions for further reading and an in-depth case study that provides the basis for end-of-chapter exercises. Biografía del autor Marvin C. Alkin is Emeritus Professor in the Social Research Methodology Division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles. He has been a member of the UCLA faculty since 1964 and has at various times served as Chair of the Education Department and Associate Dean of the school. Dr. Alkin was one of the founders of the Center for the Study of Evaluation and was its Director for 7 years. The Center established in 1966 by the U.S. government to engage in research on appropriate methods for conducting evaluation of educational programs continues to be an integral part of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Dr. Alkin is a leading authority in the field of evaluation. He has published important research studies on the use of evaluation information in decision making and on comparative evaluation theory. His publications include five books and more than 150 journal articles book chapters monographs and technical reports. Dr. Alkin is currently Associate Editor of Studies in Educational Evaluation and co-section Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation. He has been a consultant to numerous national governments and has directed program evaluations in 14 different countries.