Practice Exercises

1. Read and summarize the evaluation research by Amie Schuck that begins this chapter. Be sure to identify the type of evaluation research that is described. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the design.

2. Identify the key stakeholders in a local social or educational program. Interview several stakeholders to determine what their goals for the program are and what tools they use to assess goal achievement. Compare and contrast the views of each stakeholder and try to account for any differences you find.

3. Complete the Interactive Exercise for Chapter 13.

4. Identify an article that reports an evaluation research study on the book’s study site. What type of evaluation research does this study represent? What alternatives did the author(s) select when designing the research? After reading the entire article, do you agree with the author’s (or authors’) choices? Why or why not?