Realworld Evaluation

Welcome to the Companion Site!

This site is intended to enhance your use of RealWorld Evaluation, 3rd Edition, by Michael Bamberger and Linda Mabry. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward maximizing your understanding of the material.

This book addresses the challenges of conducting program evaluations in real-world contexts where evaluators and their clients face budget and time constraints and where critical data may be missing. The book is organized around a seven-step model developed by the authors, which has been tested and refined in workshops and in practice. Vignettes and case studies—representing evaluations from a variety of geographic regions and sectors—demonstrate adaptive possibilities for small projects with budgets of a few thousand dollars to large-scale, long-term evaluations of complex programs. The text incorporates quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method designs, and this Third Edition reflects important developments in the field since the publication of the Second Edition, including innovative new chapters on gender issues, and working with big data.


We gratefully acknowledge Michael Bamberger and Linda Mabry for writing an excellent text and for reviewing the assets on this site. Special thanks are also due to Amanda Dudley for creating the ancillaries on this site.