By Marc T. Braverman, Norman A. Constantine, Jana Kay Slater

“Gathered jointly during this distinctive ebook on evaluate and potent starting place perform are the experienced-based views and measured insights of either pro practitioners and key philanthropic suggestion leaders. Foundations and evaluate is a considerable imagine piece for grantmakers of any size.”--Dorothy S. Ridings, president and CEO, Council on Foundations

“Foundations and overview explores the intersection among organizational effectiveness and overview and demonstrates the necessity for dedication to overview through the starting place. . . . a great learn for either rookies to review and people with extra adventure, written via essentially the most hugely revered leaders within the field.”--Kathleen P. Enright, govt director, Grantmakers for powerful firms

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Greene is a specialist in educational and social program evaluation at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. D. in educational psychology from Stanford University in 1976. With academic appointments at the University of Rhode Island, Cornell University, and, currently, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she has concentrated her scholarship on making evaluation useful and socially responsible, in terms of both theory and practice. Greene’s work has emphasized the development of alternative approaches to evaluation and applied research, notably qualitative, democratic, and mixed-method approaches.

Together, these audiences can have a powerful impact on improving the effectiveness of philanthropic efforts by putting evaluation to work for foundations. qxd 7/8/04 2:17 PM Page xli Introduction: Putting Evaluation to Work for Foundations xli Organization of the Book We open with perspectives from three foundation presidents; each presents his or her foundation’s vision for evaluation. Hodding Carter III, president and CEO of The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, discusses evaluation in relation to foundations’ obligations to understand their own philanthropic aims, planning processes, and impacts on society.

Rog and Knickman therefore offer several suggestions for evaluation efforts, based on the need for strategic evaluative thinking. Questions about program effectiveness are central to much of evaluation practice and potential use by foundations, yet rarely does evaluation provide simple and conclusive answers to questions about the effects of funded programs. In Chapter Twelve, Norman A. Constantine and Marc T. Braverman discuss important issues in appraising evidence on program effectiveness. The main goals of this chapter are to motivate and support more critical appraisal and better use of effectiveness evidence among evaluators and evaluation consumers.

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