Would you prefer that evaluation researchers use a stakeholder or a social science approach? Compare and contrast these perspectives, and list at least four arguments for the one you favor.
Propose a randomized experimental evaluation of a social, medical, or educational program with which you are familiar. Possibilities could range from a job training program to a community health center, or even a college. Include in your proposal a description of the program and its intended outcomes. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your proposed design.
How would you describe the contents of the “black box” of program operations? What “program theory” would specify how the program (in Question 2) operates?
What would be the advantages and disadvantages of using qualitative methods to evaluate this program? What would be the advantages and disadvantages of using quantitative methods? Which approach would you prefer and why?