Evaluation research design, often referred to as program evaluation, is the systematic investigation of a program, process, and/or policy. It involves collecting and analyzing key information about the characteristics, activities, and outcomes of said program, process, and/or policy. This entry highlights the differences between the purpose of evaluation research and traditional academic research. It then describes the various benefits challenges of conducting evaluation research, as well as the various types of evaluation. The entry then provides an example of a tool, the logic model, which can be used to guide the development and implementation of an evaluation study. The entry then discusses how qualitative and quantitative methods can be employed in evaluation research. Finally, the entry reviews two different sets of professional standards that help ...

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