Reviews

Evaluation: a systematic approach

This is the seventh edition of a much- referred-to classic text on programme evaluation. As the authors point out, when the book was first published in the l970s, evaluation of social programmes was not well-established — a situation which is very different now with evaluation research embedded throughout all types of public and non-public organisations and on a global basis. This makes the new edition a little less revolutionary, although a lot more useful.

The principles and practice described in earlier editions have been helpful in developing evaluation methodology across a variety of different healthcare education and organisational settings. This edition includes new material such as outcome measurements, a key interest of nursing and healthcare evaluations, impact assessment, advanced statistical analysis and more on meta- analysis. As such, this edition provides an extension to a good basic text. It is to be recommended to all involved in evaluation research activities.

The only negative aspect is that it is set in a north American cultural context, especially in the use of several of the examples and the definitions used. Nevertheless, this should not detract from the overall value of the book.

The principles and practice described in earlier editions have been helpful in developing evaluation methodology across a variety of different healthcare education and organisational settings. This edition includes new material such as outcome measurements, a key interest of nursing and healthcare evaluations, impact assessment, advanced statistical analysis and more on meta- analysis. As such, this edition provides an extension to a good basic text. It is to be recommended to all involved in evaluation research activities.

The only negative aspect is that it is set in a north American cultural context, especially in the use of several of the examples and the definitions used. Nevertheless, this should not detract from the overall value of the book.

Want to read more?

Subscribe for unlimited access

Enjoy 1 month's access for £1 and get:

  • Full access to nursing standard.com and the Nursing Standard app
  • Monthly digital edition
  • RCNi Portfolio and interactive CPD quizzes
  • RCNi Learning with 200+ evidence-based modules
  • 10 articles a month from any other RCNi journal

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?