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Evaluation

Evaluation

A Systematic Approach

  • Author: Peter H. Rossi,Mark W. Lipsey,Howard E Freeman
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 9780761908944
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 470
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Relied on by over 90,000 readers as the text on how to design, implement, and appraise the utility of social programs through the use of evaluation methods, Evaluation, 7th Edition has been completely revised to include the latest techniques and approaches to evaluation as well as guidelines for how evaluations should be tailored to fit programs and social contexts. Plus, throughout this new edition, there is more focus on evaluation diagnostic procedures. New to this Edition: - The four chapters on impact assessment have been completely revised to give more attention to outcome measurement - An at-length discussion of program theory, including a section about detecting program effects and interpreting their practical significance. - Augmented and updated discussion of major evaluation designs - A detailed exposition of meta-analysis as an approach to the synthesis of evaluation studies - Consideration of alternative approaches to evaluation - Many examples of successful evaluations - Discussion of the political and social contexts of evaluation activities. In addition, the entire text has been edited to make it more compact and readable, and the key concepts and glossary sections have been restructured for ease of use.

Evaluation, A Systematic Approach

Evaluation, A Systematic Approach

Education, Educational assessment and evaluation

  • Author: CTI Reviews
  • Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
  • ISBN: 1490293078
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 17
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Facts101 is your complete guide to Evaluation, A Systematic Approach. In this book, you will learn topics such as as those in your book plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

Evaluation in Deutschland

Evaluation in Deutschland

Professionalisierungsstand und -perspektiven

  • Author: Tasso Brandt
  • Publisher: Waxmann Verlag
  • ISBN: 9783830970798
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 287
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Das Thema Evaluation hat in den vergangenen Jahren einen wachsenden Stellenwert in Deutschland erfahren. Dies zeigt sich sowohl in der quantitativen Nachfrage nach Evaluation in verschiedenen gesellschaftlichen Bereichen als auch in einer zunehmenden gesetzlichen bzw. administrativen Verankerung dieses Instrumentes. Einhergehend hiermit lassen sich strukturelle Ansätze einer Professionalisierung von Evaluation erkennen, die vor allem in der Gründung der DeGEval (Gesellschaft für Evaluation) und deren Aktivitäten im Hinblick auf die Etablierung von Evaluationsstandards zum Ausdruck kommen. Hier wird vor dem Hintergrund dieser Entwicklungen der Frage nachgegangen, inwiefern sich Evaluation als eigenständiges Berufs- bzw. Tätigkeitsfeld mit professionellen Strukturen herausbildet. Den theoretischen Bezugsrahmen hierzu liefern verschiedene Ansätze der Professionssoziologie, die in einem übergreifenden multidimensionalen Analysemodell zusammengeführt werden. Im Mittelpunkt der Analyse stehen dabei sowohl strukturelle Aspekte des Tätigkeitsfeldes Evaluation als auch die Einschätzungen, Einstellungen und Motivlagen von Akteuren bezüglich einer Professionalisierung des Feldes. Tasso Brandt, Studium der Soziologie (Dipl.) an der FU Berlin und der University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2003 bis 2007 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Centrum für Evaluation (CEval) an der Universität des Saarlandes, seit 2008 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Fraunhofer Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (ISI) in Karlsruhe.

Health Program Planning and Evaluation: A Practical, Systematic Approach for Community Health

Health Program Planning and Evaluation: A Practical, Systematic Approach for Community Health

  • Author: L. Michele Issel
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
  • ISBN: 1449654576
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 594
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The Second Edition of Health Program Planning and Evaluation will help you to systematically develop, thoughtfully implement, and rigorously evaluate health programs across a variety of health disciplines. This thorough revision includes updated examples and references throughout, reflecting the major changes within the field. This outstanding resource prepares students and professionals to become savvy consumers of evaluation reports and prudent users of evaluation consultants. It presents practical tools and concepts in language suitable for both the practicing and novice health program planner and evaluator.

Evaluation von Programmen und Projekten für eine demokratische Kultur

Evaluation von Programmen und Projekten für eine demokratische Kultur

  • Author: Rainer Strobl,Olaf Lobermeier,Wilhelm Heitmeyer
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag
  • ISBN: 3531190091
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 229
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Eine attraktive demokratische Kultur ist keine Selbstverständlichkeit. Vielmehr müssen die Bedeutung und die Qualität demokratischer Werte und Normen immer wieder begreiflich und erlebbar gemacht werden. Aber welche Maßnahmen sind hierfür geeignet und welche nicht? Wie kann die Wirksamkeit von Programmen und Projekten optimiert werden? Wie kann sichergestellt werden, dass vorhandenes Wissen bei der Konzeption von Programmen und Projekten genutzt wird? Die BeitragsautorInnen geben Antworten auf diese Fragen. Ein Schwerpunkt liegt dabei auf methodischen und praktischen Aspekten der Evaluation. Daneben wird aber auch den bisher kaum diskutierten grundsätzlichen Folgen von Evaluationsaktivitäten für die demokratische Kultur und die moderne Gesellschaft nachgegangen.

Evaluation Theory, Models, and Applications

Evaluation Theory, Models, and Applications

  • Author: Daniel L. Stufflebeam,Chris L. S. Coryn
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118870220
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 800
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The golden standard evaluation reference text Now in its second edition, Evaluation Theory, Models, andApplications is the vital text on evaluation models, perfectfor classroom use as a textbook, and as a professional evaluationreference. The book begins with an overview of the evaluation fieldand program evaluation standards, and proceeds to cover the mostwidely used evaluation approaches. With new evaluation designs andthe inclusion of the latest literature from the field, thisSecond Edition is an essential update for professionals andstudents who want to stay current. Understanding and choosingevaluation approaches is critical to many professions, andEvaluation Theory, Models, and Applications, Second Editionis the benchmark evaluation guide. Authors Daniel L. Stufflebeam and Chris L. S. Coryn, widelyconsidered experts in the evaluation field, introduce and describe23 program evaluation approaches, including, new to this edition,transformative evaluation, participatory evaluation, consumerfeedback, and meta-analysis. Evaluation Theory, Models, andApplications, Second Edition facilitates the process ofplanning, conducting, and assessing program evaluations. Thehighlighted evaluation approaches include: Experimental and quasi-experimental design evaluations Daniel L. Stufflebeam's CIPP Model Michael Scriven's Consumer-Oriented Evaluation Michael Patton's Utilization-Focused Evaluation Robert Stake's Responsive/Stakeholder-Centered Evaluation Case Study Evaluation Key readings listed at the end of each chapter direct readers tothe most important references for each topic. Learning objectives,review questions, student exercises, and instructor supportmaterials complete the collection of tools. Choosing fromevaluation approaches can be an overwhelming process, butEvaluation Theory, Models, and Applications, Second Editionupdates the core evaluation concepts with the latest research,making this complex field accessible in just one book.

Finite-Elemente-Methoden

Finite-Elemente-Methoden

  • Author: Klaus-Jürgen Bathe
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag
  • ISBN: 9783540668060
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 1253
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Dieses Lehr- und Handbuch behandelt sowohl die elementaren Konzepte als auch die fortgeschrittenen und zukunftsweisenden linearen und nichtlinearen FE-Methoden in Statik, Dynamik, Festkörper- und Fluidmechanik. Es wird sowohl der physikalische als auch der mathematische Hintergrund der Prozeduren ausführlich und verständlich beschrieben. Das Werk enthält eine Vielzahl von ausgearbeiteten Beispielen, Rechnerübungen und Programmlisten. Als Übersetzung eines erfolgreichen amerikanischen Lehrbuchs hat es sich in zwei Auflagen auch bei den deutschsprachigen Ingenieuren etabliert. Die umfangreichen Änderungen gegenüber der Vorauflage innerhalb aller Kapitel - vor allem aber der fortgeschrittenen - spiegeln die rasche Entwicklung innerhalb des letzten Jahrzehnts auf diesem Gebiet wieder.

Pahl/Beitz Konstruktionslehre

Pahl/Beitz Konstruktionslehre

Grundlagen erfolgreicher Produktentwicklung. Methoden und Anwendung

  • Author: Gerhard Pahl,Wolfgang Beitz,Hans-Joachim Schulz,U. Jarecki
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag
  • ISBN: 3540267891
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 764
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Das bewährte und international anerkannte Lehr- und Handbuch ordnet und strafft die wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen, beschreibt mit praktischen Beispielen die Produktentwicklung, verweist auf neue Lösungsfelder auf den Gebieten der Faserverbundbauweisen, Mechatronik und Adaptronik, zeigt eine wirtschaftliche Realisierung durch Baureihen- und Baukastensysteme sowie eine vorausschauende Kostenbetrachtung. Es hilft ausserdem, eine Qualitätssicherung durch wenig aufwendige Maßnahmen zu unterstützen und integriert die EDV-Technik in das Vorgehen.

Evaluation of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs

Evaluation of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs

Improving Population Health through Evidence-Based Practice

  • Author: Richard Windsor
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0190235098
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 312
  • View: 9105
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Evaluation of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs offers conceptual and methodological frameworks for the six phases of health program evaluation: · introduction to evaluation · models of evaluation planning · efficacy and effectiveness evaluation · measurement and analysis evaluation · process and qualitative evaluation · cost analysis and basic economic evaluation By presenting these concepts through case studies, this text offers an innovative and didactic model for measuring health impact and health outcomes, then extending these measurements to establish an evidence base for future practice. This central competency in health promotion will be of use to graduate and post-graduate students in public and population health programs, plus health program practitioners working at the intervention forefront.

Numerical Methods for Engineers

Numerical Methods for Engineers

  • Author: Steven C. Chapra,Raymond P. Canale
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9789814670876
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 970
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Numerical Methods for Engineers retains the instructional techniques that have made the text so successful. Chapra and Canale's unique approach opens each part of the text with sections called "Motivation" "Mathematical Background" and "Orientation". Each part closes with an "Epilogue" containing "Trade-Offs" "Important Relationships and Formulas" and "Advanced Methods and Additional References". Much more than a summary the Epilogue deepens understanding of what has been learned and provides a peek into more advanced methods. Numerous new or revised problems are drawn from actual engineering practice. The expanded breadth of engineering disciplines covered is especially evident in these exercises which now cover such areas as biotechnology and biomedical engineering. Excellent new examples and case studies span all areas of engineering giving students a broad exposure to various fields in engineering.McGraw-Hill Education's Connect is also available as an optional add on item. Connect is the only integrated learning system that empowers students by continuously adapting to deliver precisely what they need when they need it how they need it so that class time is more effective. Connect allows the professor to assign homework quizzes and tests easily and automatically grades and records the scores of the student's work. Problems are randomized to prevent sharing of answers an may also have a "multi-step solution" which helps move the students' learning along if they experience difficulty.

Interactive Evaluation Practice

Interactive Evaluation Practice

Mastering the Interpersonal Dynamics of Program Evaluation

  • Author: Jean A. King,Laurie Stevahn
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • ISBN: 1483313735
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 456
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You've taken your introduction to evaluation course and are about to do your first evaluation project. Where do you begin? Interactive Evaluation Practice: Managing the Interpersonal Dynamics of Program Evaluation helps bridge the gap between the theory of evaluation and its practice, giving students the specific skills they need to use in different evaluation settings. Jean A. King and Laurie Stevahn present readers with three organizing frameworks (derived from social interdependence theory from social psychology, evaluation use research, and the evaluation capacity building literature) for thinking about evaluation practice. These frameworks help readers track the various skills or strategies to use for distinctive evaluation situations. In addition, the authors provide explicit advice about how to solve specific evaluation problems. Numerous examples throughout the text bring interactive practice to life in a variety of settings.

Health Program Management

Health Program Management

From Development Through Evaluation

  • Author: Beaufort B. Longest, Jr.
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118834763
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 384
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Learn how to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate healthprograms Health Program Management: From Development ThroughEvaluation, Second Edition is a practical and usefulintroduction to the management of health programs. While providingan overview of the current best practices in management, thetextbook goes beyond simple management techniques, teachingstudents how to develop, lead, and evaluate their programs toensure quality outcomes. The focus is on the three core managementconcepts of strategy, design, and leadership, but time is alsodevoted to describing facilitative management activities integralto successful programs. Students will learn techniques forcommunication, decision-making, quality assurance, marketing, andprogram evaluation within the structure of the book's programmanagement model. Logically organized with a separate chapter foreach activity, this resource provides a thorough, systematicoverview of the effective development, implementation, andevaluation of health programs. Health Program Management: From Development ThroughEvaluation, Second Edition provides a comprehensive approach tomanagement throughout all stages of a health program. Learn to develop a strategy that steers the program towardspecific goals Discover how to design, market, and lead an effective healthprogram Become familiar with the manager's role in a quality healthprogram Evaluate potential and existing programs for performance andcapability Students and aspiring managers and leaders preparing themselvesfor the challenges of managing health programs will find theinformation and techniques to develop the skills they need inHealth Program Management: From Development Through Evaluation,Second Edition.

The Psychology Research Handbook

The Psychology Research Handbook

A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants

  • Author: Frederick T. L. Leong,James T. Austin
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 0761930221
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 516
  • View: 3902
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A comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to the entire research process, this book quickly and efficiently equips advanced students and research assistants to conduct a full-scale investigation. The book is organized around the idea of a 'research script' that is, it follows the standard mode of research planning and design, data collection and analysis, and results writing. The volume contains 35 chapters, some co-authored by advanced graduate students who give their fellow students a touch of the 'real world' adding to the clarity and practicality of many chapters.

Operations Research

Operations Research

Einführung

  • Author: Frederick S. Hillier,Gerald J. Liebermann
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • ISBN: 3486792083
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 868
  • View: 4233
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Aus dem Inhalt: Was ist Operations Research? Überblick über die Modellierungsgrundsätze des Operations Research. Einführung in die lineare Programmierung. Die Lösung linearer Programmierungsprobleme: Das Simplexverfahren. Stochastische Prozesse. Warteschlangentheorie. Lagerhaltungstheorie. Prognoseverfahren. Markov-Entscheidungsprozesse. Reliabilität. Entscheidungstheorie. Die Theorie des Simplexverfahrens Qualitätstheorie und Sensitivitätsanalyse Spezialfälle linearer Programmierungsprobleme. Die Formulierung linearer Programmierungsmodelle und Goal-Programmierung. Weitere Algorithmen der linearen Programmierung. Netzwerkanalyse einschließlich PERT-CPM. Dynamische Optimierung. Spieltheorie. Ganzzahlige Programmierung. Nichtlineare Programmierung Simulation. Anhang. Lösungen für ausgewählte Übungsaufgaben.

Consultation Theory and Practice

Consultation Theory and Practice

A Handbook for School Social Workers

  • Author: Christine Anlauf Sabatino
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019939587X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 208
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School social workers engage in different forms of consultation on a daily basis, yet they rarely think about or describe this work as 'consultation.' Further, school social work practice research finds that consultation is among the most frequently performed practice tasks, yet consultation is rarely defined in school social work literature or research. This book adapts the consultation theory and practice framework put forward by June Gallessich (1982) that defines consultation in specific terms and proposes that there are six models of consultation. These models are organizational consultation, program consultation, education and training consultation, mental health consultation, behavioral consultation, and clinical case consultation. The models are differentiated according to their problem focus, outcome goal, intervention methods, change processes, power base, and value system. School social work consultation services are an important pathway to help school systems fulfill their educational mission and to help school personnel become more effective in their professional work. It is consistent with current trends in educational policy that call upon school social workers to take a multisystem approach to addressing school needs on a school-wide, class-wide, or individual level. The overarching goal of the book is to provide school social workers with the knowledge, skill, and confidence to implement consultation services. Consultation is a powerful method to 'realize the promise of the whole-school approach' and to help homes, schools, and communities foster school success and student well-being.

Methods for Community-Based Participatory Research for Health

Methods for Community-Based Participatory Research for Health

  • Author: Barbara A. Israel,Eugenia Eng,Amy J. Schulz,Edith A. Parker
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118282124
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 736
  • View: 326
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This thoroughly revised and updated second edition of Methodsfor Community-Based Participatory Research for Health providesa step-by-step approach to the application of participatoryapproaches to quantitative and qualitative data collection and dataanalysis. With contributions from a distinguished panel of experts,this important volume shows how researchers, practitioners, andcommunity partners can work together to establish and maintainequitable partnerships using a Community-Based ParticipatoryResearch (CBPR) approach to increase knowledge and improve thehealth and well-being of the communities involved. Written for students, practitioners, researchers, and communitymembers, the book provides a comprehensive presentation ofinnovative partnership structures and processes, and covers thebroad spectrum of methods needed to conduct CBPR in the widestrange of research areas—including social determinants ofhealth, health inequities, health promotion, communityinterventions, disease management, health services, andenvironmental health. The contributors examine effective methodsused within the context of a CBPR approach including surveyquestionnaire, in-depth interview, focus group interview,ethnography, exposure assessment, and geographic information systemmapping. In addition, each chapter describes a case study of theapplication of the method using a CBPR approach. The book alsocontains examples of concrete tools and measurement instrumentsthat may be adapted by others involved in CBPR efforts.

Integrating Health Impact Assessment with the Policy Process

Integrating Health Impact Assessment with the Policy Process

Lessons and experiences from around the world

  • Author: Monica O'Mullane
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 019166314X
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 240
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Health Impact Assessment is a policy-support instrument and approach that seeks to assess the health impacts of projects, programmes and policies on population health. The ultimate goal of HIA is to systematically predict health impacts and subsequently inform the intersectoral decision- and policy-making processes of these impacts. Integrating Health Impact Assessment with the Policy Process examines how the process of integrating HIA with policy can take place. Introductory chapters outline the HIA process and provide a conceptual foundation for the book. Then, drawing from experiences of HIA practice and research globally, country specific experiences are presented to examine HIA's relationship with the policy process. Throughout the book checklists and learning points are provided to assist the readers' understanding of the concepts and examples discussed. This practical and conceptually-grounded guide represents a convergence of theory and practice from the disciplines of public health, environmental health and the social sciences, and will appeal to practitioners and professionals in these fields, as well as policy-makers, decision-makers, planners at regional and national government levels as well as academics, educators and students.

Advocacy Strategies for Health and Mental Health Professionals

Advocacy Strategies for Health and Mental Health Professionals

From Patients to Policies

  • Author: Stuart L. Lustig, MD, MPH
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 0826109071
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 240
  • View: 4139
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"[I]t is becoming much more common for mental health providers to become community mental health advocates, and given the complexities and nuances associated with tasks such as getting involved with legislative issues or fund raising, a work like this serves an important and useful purpose. It is concise, yet revealing, and explains concepts in clear and practical language. Most importantly, it delivers on its promise to transform its readers into more savvy participants in the process of advocating for their mental health patients."--Doody's Medical Reviews "This book provides a valuable introduction to the discerning mental health practitioner who wants to apply their advocacy skills into their everyday work place."--ACAMH, The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health "Great book! Learning to be an effective advocate in multiple arenas is essential for all health professionals, particularly physicians. This text utilizes a broad definition of advocacy and provides information that can be used by multiple types of providers to learn effective strategies to educate and inform others. It is readable with fascinating case examples and practical tips that can be utilized flexibly across a range of issues, formats and audiences. It is a great addition to the libraries of anyone practicing in the health care field, regardless of specialty or years of practice." Arden D Dingle, MD Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Emory University School of Medicine A wealth of advocacy tools for health and mental health professionals at all levels of training and practice are included in this clear and comprehensive volume. Written by medical, legal, and policy experts, it fills a void in the literature by addressing multiple topics in advocacy in the health field as a whole. The text addresses the legislative process, provides step-by-step approaches for using the media, and discusses when to seek an attorney, when to litigate, working with family and community, and funding strategies. It also covers such seldom-addressed topics as leveraging research findings for advocacy purposes. Two outstanding features of the text are a discussion of the rationale for advocacy and a call for readers to examine their own motivations for this work, and a chapter by health educators who provide guidance about advances in learning theory that will help readers assimilate the material. The volume will serve as both a resource for advocacy coursework and as a guide for the independent practitioner of advocacy. Key Features: Provides a wealth of advocacy tools for health professionals at all levels of training and practice Written in a clear, straightforward manner for easy access Includes a unique metacognitive theory that will help readers to thoroughly integrate the information and provides tools for self-analysis Highlights main teaching points with summaries, case studies, and reflection questions

The Culture of AIDS in Africa

The Culture of AIDS in Africa

Hope and Healing Through Music and the Arts

  • Author: Gregory Barz,Judah M. Cohen
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019978003X
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 528
  • View: 8404
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The Culture of AIDS in Africa enters into the many worlds of expression brought forth across this vast continent by the ravaging presence of HIV/AIDS. Africans and non-Africans, physicians and social scientists, journalists and documentarians share here a common and essential interest in understanding creative expression in crushing and uncertain times. They investigate and engage the social networks, power relationships, and cultural structures that enable the arts to convey messages of hope and healing, and of knowledge and good counsel to the wider community. And from Africa to the wider world, they bring intimate, inspiring portraits of the performers, artists, communities, and organizations that have shared with them their insights and the sense they have made of their lives and actions from deep within this devastating epidemic. Covering the wide expanse of the African continent, the 30 chapters include explorations of, for example, the use of music to cope with AIDS; the relationship between music, HIV/AIDS, and social change; visual approaches to HIV literacy; radio and television as tools for "edutainment;" several individual artists' confrontations with HIV/AIDS; various performance groups' response to the epidemic; combating HIV/AIDS with local cultural performance; and more. Source material, such as song lyrics and interviews, weaves throughout the collection, and contributions by editors Gregory Barz and Judah M. Cohen bookend the whole, to bring together a vast array of perspectives and sources into a nuanced and profoundly affective portrayal of the intricate relationship between HIV/AIDS and the arts in Africa.

Research Methods in Child Welfare

Research Methods in Child Welfare

  • Author: Amy J. L. Baker,Benjamin J. Charvat
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231512147
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 464
  • View: 5144
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Social service agencies are facing the same expectations in quality management and outcomes as private companies, compelling staff members and researchers to provide and interpret valid and useful research to stakeholders at all levels in the field. Child welfare agencies are particularly scrutinized. In this textbook, two highly experienced researchers offer the best techniques for conducting sound research in the field. Covering not only the methodological challenges but also the real-life constraints of research in child welfare settings, Amy J. L. Baker and Benjamin J. Charvat present a volume that can be used both for general research methods and as a practical guide for conducting research in the field of child welfare. Baker and Charvat devote an entire chapter to ethical issues involved in researching children and their families and the limits of confidentiality within this population. They weave a discussion of ethics throughout the book, and each chapter begins with a scenario that presents a question or problem to work through, enabling readers to fully grasp the methods in the context of a specific setting or area of concern. Special sections concentrate on the value of continuous quality-improvement activities, which enable the collection and analysis of data outside of the strictures of publishable research, and the implementation of program evaluations, which can be helpful in obtaining further research and programmatic funding.