Praise for the previous edition:
“The organization of the text reflects the author’s intent, philosophy, and objectives . . . [Mertens] clearly presents approaches, descriptions, and many examples useful in conducting studies; she is to be commended for the thoroughness of her work.”
—Frank D. Adams, Wayne State College
“Excellent descriptions, definitions, examples, and narrative about social science theory and the various paradigms. Mertens’ use [of] a wide variety of social identities to provide her examples makes the text inclusive of a variety of diverse identities. It is also useful to see the differences between [research and evaluation] and to select methods appropriate to the intention of the inquiry.”
—Katrina L. Rodriguez, University of Northern Colorado
New to This Edition
*Additional evaluation approaches: collaborative evaluation, principles-focused evaluation, and desk reviews.
*Coverage of new data collection technologies and methods of qualitative coding.
*Expanded discussions of logic models, cost–benefit analysis, and mixed methods designs.
*Many new and updated sample studies.
*Reflection questions that prepare students to read each chapter.
*"Extending Your Thinking" questions and practical activities.
*Boxes delving into key concepts and example studies.
*End-of-book Acronym Dictionary and Glossary and highlighted key terms throughout.
*Companion website with links to helpful resources on all aspects of evaluation.
Student- and Instructors-Friendly Features Include:
*Commentary on the sample studies that explains what makes them transformative.
*Explanations of key concepts related to oppression, social justice, and the role of research and evaluation.
*Questions for Thought to stimulate critical self-reflection and discussion.
*Advance chapter organizers and chapter summaries.
This is the 138th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Evaluation, an official publication of the American Evaluation Association.
Key Features Situates the ethical concerns in the practice of social science research in historical and epistemological contexts Explores the philosophical roots of ethics from the perspectives of Kant, J.S. Mill, Hegel, and others Provides an overview and comparison of ethical regulations across disciplines, governments, and additional contexts such as IRBs, program evaluation, and more Examines specific ethical issues that arise in traditional methods and methodologies Addresses ethical concerns within a variety of diverse, cultural contexts