Using Program Evaluation in Research

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A presentation by:
Leonard Bickman, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Vanderbilt University & Florida International University

Program evaluation is the systematic assessment of the processes and/or outcomes of a program, usually with the intent of furthering its development and improvement. This introductory lecture will describe the basics of program evaluation methods and theories including design, assessment, implementation analyses, and program theory. The barriers and incentives for conducting evaluations in our society will also be discussed. The talk will illustrate how many of the unique techniques developed in program evaluation can be utilized in areas of research. Leonard Bickman is coeditor of two handbooks on social research methods and a social research methods series for Sage Publications. He has published more than 15 books and monographs, and 200 articles and chapters. With a track record of external funding throughout his full-time academic career, Bickman has been designated among the top 5 percent in productivity nationally among faculty in Developmental Sciences. He has received numerous awards recognizing the contributions of his research, including the American Evaluation Association’s Outstanding Evaluation Award and the Association’s Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Evaluation Practice Award. Bickman is a past president of the American Evaluation Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.