The Costs of evaluation

The Costs of evaluation

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With programme budgets being cut, new questions about evaluation are being asked. Is evaluation worth what it costs? This book tackles the problems involved in determining the cost-effectiveness of evaluation. In Part One, an economist, a philosopher, and a policy analyst provide the theoretical underpinnings for the discussion of determining the costs and the impact of evaluation. Part Two focuses on the practical procedures for estimating and measuring these costs and benefits. Part Three more specifically deals with the problems of weighing costs against benefits. Here the question becomes: what kind of benefits, to whom, are we trying to measure? And whose costs are we weighing them against? `...this book merits the attention of anyone who is concerned about whether it is worth undertaking an evaluation at all, or who wishes to check that the full costs of an evaluation have been estimated before the process begins. The larger the project, the more valuable the book will be.' -- Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, Vol 9 No 1, Spring 1984For example, a school district planning to conduct a minimum competency testing (MCT) program may be considering two ... costs include the use of resources that already appear in the sponsora#39;s budget: for example, teacher or clerical time.

Title:The Costs of evaluation
Author:Marvin C. Alkin, Lewis C. Solmon
Publisher:Sage Publications, Inc - 1983


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