The book that established itself as a standard text and reference work for students seeking to master research methods and procedures in psychology has been updated and revised in this new edition! The Second Edition of The Psychology Research Handbook: A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants once again offers a comprehensive guide for understanding and conquering the entire research process. Editors Frederick T. L. Leong and James T. Austin have assembled a distinguished group of expert researchers who share skill sets accumulated as a result of years of practical exposure to the design, development, implementation, and documentation of research in psychology.
Chapter 5: Program Evaluation: Concepts and Perspectives
At first it might seem strange or even somewhat misplaced that a handbook dealing with research in psychology would contain a chapter on evaluation. After all, evaluation is an activity that is carried out for a purpose quite different from that of research, that is, to guide practical decision making in applied settings. Add to this the fact that although there is scientific study of evaluation, many scholars and empirical researchers still tend to look with disdain at the topic. It is perceived to be poor research, that is, research often conducted with much less control than the norm in articles in prestigious, refereed academic journals. Beyond these issues is the further concern that ...