Application: Program Evaluation: Strengths and Limitations

As a human services administrator, you need to determine which program evaluations are most useful. Much depends on the type of organization and the nature of the services being evaluated. Perhaps you need to know if a program is working efficiently or reaching its intended target community. You might consider using a program evaluation to plan for the future of an organization. Not all program evaluations are equal. Some identify problems in the organization that require attention while others may fail to provide useful information. It is important to note strengths and limitations of program evaluations so that you might select evaluations that are most useful.

For this Application Assignment select one program evaluations from the attached Doc Sharing area and consider its strengths and limitations.

The assignment (2–3 pages):
* Describe the program evaluation you selected.
* Evaluate the program evaluation, indicating strengths and limitations
* Explain whether the program evaluation you selected is robust (in terms of integrity, reliability, validity) and why.

Note: You are not expected to read the entire program evaluation you select. Instead, review the summary or conclusions area to gather the information you need for the assignment.

Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.

References should also include one or more of the the following materials:

Learning Resources
Please read and view (where applicable) the following Learning Resources before you complete this week’s assignments.
Article: Bureau of Justice Assistance: Center for Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement (n.d.).Guide to program evaluation. Retrieved from

Article: Chen, Y.-M., Hedrick, S. C., & Young, H. M. (2010). A pilot evaluation of the family caregiver support program. Evaluation and Program Planning, 33(2), 113–119.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Science Direct database.

Article: McNamara, C. (n.d.). Basic guide to program evaluation. Free Management Library. Retrieved May 19, 2011, from

Article: Ross, M. E. (2010). Designing and using program evaluation as a tool for reform. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 5(12.7), 481–506.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the ERIC database.

Article: Sridharan, S., & Nakaima, A. (2011). Ten steps to making evaluation matter. Evaluation and Program Planning, 34(2), 135–146.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Science Direct database.

Article: Stake, R. E. (2011). Program evaluation particularly responsive evaluation. Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, 7(15), 180–201.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Directory of Open Access Journals database.

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