By Joseph S. Wholey, Harry P. Hatry, Kathryn E. Newcomer

The second one variation of guide of functional application review bargains managers, analysts, experts, and educators in executive, nonprofit, and personal associations a necessary source that outlines effective and low in cost tools for assessing application effects and picking how one can increase software performance. The guide has been completely revised.  Many new chapters were ready for this variation, together with chapters on common sense modeling and on assessment purposes for small nonprofit organizations. Th e instruction manual of sensible application evaluate is a finished source on review, overlaying either in-depth application reviews and function monitoring.  It provides assessment tools that might be worthy in any respect degrees of presidency and in nonprofit agencies.

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Are decisions pending about continuation, modification, or termination? Is there considerable support for the program by influential interest groups that would make termination highly unlikely? Can the evaluation be done in time to be useful? Are the data available now? How long will it take to collect the data needed to answer key evaluation questions? Is the program significant enough to merit evaluation? Does the program consume a large amount of resources? Is program performance marginal? Are there problems with program delivery?

Negotiating researchable questions with clients can be fraught with difficulties for evaluators as well as for managers who may be affected by the findings. A great deal of evaluation work performed for public and nonprofit programs is contracted out, and given current pressures toward outsourcing along with internal evaluation resource constraints, this trend is likely to continue. Contracting out evaluation places even more importance on the need to identify sufficiently targeted evaluation questions.

A logic model is a plausible and sensible model of how the program will work under certain environmental conditions to solve identified problems (Bickman, 1987). It can be the basis for a convincing story of the program’s expected performance, telling stakeholders and others the problem the program focuses on and how it is uniquely qualified to address it. The elements of the logic model are resources, activities, outputs, short-, and intermediate- and longer-term outcomes (Wholey, 1983, 1987).

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