Publisher description for Collecting evaluation data : problems and solutions / [edited by] Leigh Burstein, Howard E. Freeman, Peter H. Rossi.

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Data collection problems seldom surface as a prominent issue in evaluation studies, yet their impact on final evaluation results is often profound. This collection of papers explores a wide range of the problems that face professional evaluators involved in gathering data.

The contributors focus on three major issues: data sensitivity, the impact of different purposes, intervention styles, and programme settings on the kinds of data collected; large-scale field studies, the pitfalls that await the unwary when the efforts of several evaluators are spread over extended periods of time; and quality of records information, the shortcomings of data files kept for routine administration or other purposes.

Full analyses of hidden data limitations as well as practical suggestions for dealing with these limitations make Collecting Evaluation Data essential reading for researchers and evaluators in the public, private, and non-profitmaking sectors.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Evaluation research (Social action programs)
Social sciences -- Methodology.
Evaluation research (Social action programs) -- United States.