Learning Objectives

  • Define each of the types of evaluation research and explain when each is appropriate.
  • Describe the history of evaluation research and its current status.
  • Diagram the evaluation research process as a feedback system.
  • Explain the concept of “black box” evaluation and the value of opening the black box.
  • Discuss the role of program theory and its value in evaluation research.
  • List two advantages of including multiple outcomes in an evaluation research project.
  • Describe the policy research process and discuss its value.
  • Write an argument supporting or opposing research to evaluate social programs.