What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice?

  • Donaldson S
  • Christie C
  • Mark M
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"The issue of what constitutes credible evidence isn't about to get resolved. And it isn't going away.This book explains why. The diverse perspectives presented are balanced, insightful, and critical for making up one's own mind about what counts as credible evidence. And, in the end, everyone must take a position. You simply can't engage in or use research and evaluation without deciding what counts as credible evidence. So read this book carefully, take a position, and enter the fray."-Michael Quinn Patton, Author of Utilization-Focused Evaluation, 4eI found this text to be very interesting and useful in capturing and presenting varying perspectives in the field. There are some very good points and considerations for students and practitioners in this book.-Michael Schooley, Centers for Disease ControlWhat Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice? is the first book of its kind to define and place into greater perspective the meaning of evidence for evaluation professionals and applied researchers. Editors Stewart I. Donaldson, Christina A. Christie, and Melvin M. Mark provide observations about the diversity and changing nature of credible evidence, include lessons from their own applied research and evaluation practice, and suggest ways in which practitionersmight address the key issues and challenges of collecting credible evidence.Key FeaturesProvides summaries of the strengths and weaknesses of the varied approaches to research and evaluation to give readers greater insight and guidance on how to select the appropriate methods for their workOffers diverse definitions of evidence so that readers can evaluate the landscape of this highly debated research issueDevotes a full chapter to the implications of evidence for contemporary applied research and evaluation practiceThis book is appropriate for a wide range of courses, including Introduction to Evaluation Research, Research Methods, Evaluation Practice, Program valuation, Program Development and Evaluation, and evaluation coursesin Social Work, Education, Public Health, and Public Policy.

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  • Stewart I Donaldson

  • Christina A Christie

  • Melvin M Mark

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