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Online Handbooks & Texts

The following handbooks and texts are availably in their entirety online. Most are multi-chapter documents focusing on "how to's" of evaluation-related subjects.

Title: Action Research Resources (1998)
Sponsor: Bob Dick
Scope: Focus on qualitative methodologies (including action research) and provides an alternative venue for exploring atlist-1, which is a companion action research list.
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.scu.edu.au/schools/gcm/ar/arhome.html


Title: An Evaluation Primer on Health Risk Communication Programs and Outcomes
Sponsor: US Department of Health and Human Services Environmental Health Policy Committee
Scope:  Focuses on planning for and executing evaluations of health risk communication programs and materials
Audience: Risk communication practitioners and decision-makers in Public Health Service and non-Public Health Service agencies
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HEC/evalprmr.html


Title: Basic Guide to Program Evaluation (1997)
Sponsor: Carter McNamara
Scope: This Guide provides guidance toward planning  and implementing an evaluation process for profit and nonprofit programs.
Audience: Anyone conducting evaluation
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.managementhelp.org/evaluatn/fnl_eval.htm


Title: Community Toolbox
Sponsor: University of Kansas
Scope: This Toolbox provides over 6,000 pages of practical skill-buiding information on over 250 different topics.
Audience: Anyone seeking training in specific skills for community work.
Format: Webpages
Link: http://ctb.ku.edu/


Title: Educator's Guide to Evaluating the Use of Technology in Schools and Classrooms
Sponsor: American Institutes for Research for US Dept of Education
Scope: Evaluating technology use in Elementary and Secondary schools
Audience: Anyone conducting technology evaluation in schools
Format: Available both as webpages and Adobe pdf document
Link: http://www.onlineassociatesdegree.com/resources/integrating-technology-in-the-classroom/


Title: Electronic Statistics Textbook (2001)
Sponsor: StatSoft
Scope: Comprehensive introductory Statistics text 
Audience: Adult learners of statistics
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.statsoft.com/textbook/stathome.html


Title: Evaluating Collaboratives
Sponsor: University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension
Scope: These easy-to-use guides are designed to help Extension faculty better plan and implement credible and useful evaluations.
Audience: Extension faculty or funders who are seeking assistance with realistic evaluation strategies.
Format: Available both as webpages and Adobe pdf document
Link: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande/evaluation/evaldocs.html


Title: Evaluating the Impact of Development Projects on Poverty: A Handbook for (2000)
Sponsor: The World Bank
Scope: Overview of impact evaluation including planning and methods with case studies
Audience: Project Managers and Policy Analysts working with development projects
Format: Adobe pdf document
Link: http://www.worldbank.org/poverty/library/impact.pdf


Title: Evaluation Cookbook (1998)
Sponsor: Learning Technology Dissemination Initiative, Heriot Watt University
Scope: Methodologies for evaluating uses of technology 
Audience: Primarily educators using technology in their classrooms
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.icbl.hw.ac.uk/ltdi/cookbook/contents.html


Title: Evaluation Handbook
Sponsor: WK Kellogg Foundation
Scope: Outlines a blueprint for designing and conducting evaluations, either independently or with the support of an external evaluator/consultant
Audience: Primarily for project directors on foundation grants but very broadly applicable
Format: Adobe pdf document
Link: http://www.wkkf.org/Pubs/Tools/Evaluation/Pub770.pdf


Title: Evaluation Manual: Methodology and Processes
Sponsor: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Office of Evaluation
Scope: Contains the core principles and methodology for undertaking evaluations, including project, thematic, country program and corporate-level evaluations
Audience: International Evaluators focusing on Agriculture
Format: Adobe pdf document
Link
: http://www.ifad.org/evaluation/process_methodology/doc/manual.pdf


Title: Evaluation Toolkit
Sponsor: Project STAR for Corporation for National Service
Scope: Planning and executing an evaluation of a service program
Audience: Corporation for National Service program directors, but widely applicable to beginners conducting internal evaluations
Format: Adobe pdf documents
Link: http://www.projectstar.org/star/Library/toolkit.html


Title: Evaluation Toolkit: Quasi-Experimental Design
Sponsor: Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) - Data and Development Branch
Scope: Basics of quasi-experimental design and the need for comparison groups
Audience: General
Format: Adobe pdf document
Link: http://www11.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/pls/edd/toolkit.list


Title: Framework for Program Evaluation
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Scope: Steps to Evaluation and Standards for Effective Evaluation in Public Health 
Audience: Public Health Professionals
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.cdc.gov/eval/framework.htm


Title: HyperStat Statistics Textbook
Sponsor: Rice Virtual Lab
Scope: Comprehensive, interactive, novice-advanced level statistics textbook 
Audience: Program managers
Format: Webpages
Link: http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat/


Title: Improving Evaluation Practice: Best Practice Guidelines for Evaluation
Sponsor: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Scope:  These guidelines identify key issues and practices that OECD Member countries should take into consideration when seeking to improve their evaluations.
Audience: Evaluators for the public sector performance.
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/11/56/1902965.pdf


Title: Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank
Sponsor: Asian Development Bank
Scope: A forward-looking perspective of operations evaluation at the Asian Development Bank
Audience: International evaluation community, development practitioners
Format: Available both as webpages and as an Adobe pdf document
Link: http://www.adb.org/Evaluation/documents/Independent-Evaluation/Independent-Evaluation-ADB.asp


Title: Instructional Assessment Resources (2007)
Sponsor: Joel Heikes
Scope: Provides research-based, best practices guidance for instructional assessment, evaluation and research
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.utexas.edu/academic/diia/assessment/iar/


Title: Learning Curves
Sponsor: Asian Development Bank
Scope:  Handy, two-paged quick references that feed findings and recommendations from operations evaluation at the Asian Development Bank to a broader range of clients.
Audience: International evaluation community, development practitioners
Format: Available as Adobe pdf documents
Link: http://www.adb.org/Evaluation/reports.asp?s=1&type=15


Title: Learning Lessons in ADB
Sponsor: Asian Development Bank
Scope: Details of the strategic framework for knowledge management in operations evaluation at the Asian Development Bank.
Audience: International evaluation community, development practitioners
Audience: International evaluation community, development practitioners
Format: Available both as webpages and as an Adobe pdf document
Link: http://www.adb.org/Documents/Reports/Learning-Lessons-ADB/Strategic-Framework-2007-2009.asp


Title: Locating the Energy for Change: An Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
Sponsor/Authors: Charles Elliott, Cambridge College & International Institute for Sustainable Development
Scope:  Introduction to appreciative inquiry with case studies from development settings
Audience: Development Practitioners
Format: PDF documents
Link: http://www.iisd.org/pdf/appreciativeinquiry.pdf
Note: Chapter 12 focuses on using Appreciative Inquiry in evaluation


Title: Measuring the Difference: Guide to Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach
Sponsor/Authors: Catherine Burroughs, National Library of Medicine
Scope:  Overall guide to evaluating health outreach programs
Audience: Health Educators and Health Science Librarians
Format: Webpage linking to PDF documents
Link: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/guide/


Title: Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach (1966)
Sponsor: United Way
Scope:  Step-by-Step manual that specifies program outcomes, develops measurable indicators, identifies data sources and data collection methods, analyzes and reports findings, and using outcome information.
Audience: Evaluators of health, human services, and youth- and family-serving agencies.
Format: Webpage linking to PDF documents
Link: http://national.unitedway.org/outcomes/resources/mpo


Title: Planning an Evaluation
Authors: University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension
Scope: These easy-to-use guides are designed to help Extension faculty better plan and implement credible and useful evaluations.
Audience: Extension faculty or funders who are seeking assistance with realistic evaluation strategies.
Format: Available both as webpages and Adobe pdf document.
Link: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande/evaluation/evaldocs.html


Title: Practical Evaluation of Public Health Programs
Authors: Public Health Training Network
Scope: This workbook will define program evaluation in practical terms, explain the importance of evaluation in the current public health environment and why evaluation is important in your program.
Audience: Those who have responsibility for implementing programs in public health departments and other community-based agencies, i.e., nurses, health educators, social workers, etc.
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.cdc.gov/eval/workbook.pdf


Title: Practical Guide to Monitoring and Evaluation of Rural Development Projects
Sponsor/Authors: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Office of Evaluation and Studies
Scope: Development, installation and use of effective project-level M&E systems as tools for impact-oriented management 
Audience: Directors and M&E Offices of IFAD supported projects
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.ifad.org/evaluation/oe/process/guide/index.htm


Title: PRECEDE-PROCEDE Model for Health Promotion
Authors: Lawrence W Green and Marshall W Kreuter
Scope: The goals of the model are to explain health-related behaviors and environments and design and evaluate the interventions needed to influence both the behaviors and living conditions that influence them and their consequences.
Audience: Those seeking technical guidance and assistance in the process of planning and implementing community-level cancer prevention and control interventions.
Format: Webpages and Slide Presentation
Link: http://lgreen.net/precede.htm


Title: Program Managers Guide to Evaluation
Sponsor: Administration on Children, Youth & Families - Dept of Health & Human Services
Scope: Novice guide to evaluating programs for children, youth & families 
Audience: Program managers
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/pm_guide_eval
/index.html


Title: Programmatic On-Line Evaluation Resources
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Scope: The purpose of this system is to collect and make available evaluation plans, instruments, and reports for NSF projects that can be used as examples by Principal Investigators, projects evaluators, etc.
Audience: The library was developed for professionals seeking to design, conduct, document, or review project evaluations.
Format: Webpages and Adobe PDF Format
Link: http://oerl.sri.com/


Title: Qualitative Methods Workbook
Sponsor/Author: C George Boeree, Shippensburg University
Scope: Broad look at qualitative methods including phenomenology, structural analysis,observation and interviewing
Audience: Students/Faculty in introductory qualitative methods courses
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.ship.edu/~cgboeree/qualmeth.html


Title: Questionnaire Design and Analysis Workbook
Sponsor/Author: Alison Galloway, Queen Margaret College
Scope: Hands-on with activities approach to learning questionnaire design
Audience: Broadly applicable but originally written for online course
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~kate/qmcweb/qcont.htm


Title: Research Methods Knowledge Base
Sponsor: William M Trochim, Cornell University
Scope: Comprehensive introduction to social science research methods
Audience: Undergraduate or graduate-level learners in social sciences
Format: Webpages (free), enhanced web and hardcopy available for order
Link: http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/


Title: Results Oriented Monitoring and Evaluation
Sponsor: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Scope: Comprehensive guide to Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Programs
Audience: UNDP Program Managers
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.undp.org/eo/documents/mae-toc.htm


Title: Returning Results: Planning and Evaluation at the Pew Charitable Trusts
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts
Scope: Determining and evaluating philanthropic investments
Audience: Foundations
Format: PDF documents
Link: http://www.pewtrusts.com/pubs/pubs_item.cfmcontent_item_id=
49&content_type_id=17&page=p2


Title: Sampling and Surveying Handbook (1996)
Sponsor: Air University (US Air Force)
Scope:  Broadly applicable introduction to surveying and sampling
Audience: Anyone designing surveys or sampling for suveys
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/edref/smpl-srv.pdf


Title: Sampling Workbook
Sponsor/Author: Alison Galloway, Queen Margaret College
Scope: Hands-on with activities approach to learning sampling
Audience: Broadly applicable but originally written for online course
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~kate/qmcweb/scont.htm


Title: Taking Stock: A Practical Guide to Evaluating Your Own Programs
Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Scope: How to conduct participatory, internal evaluations in community-based organizations
Audience: Staff in community-based organizations
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.horizon-research.com/publications/stock.pdf


Title: Understanding Evaluation -- The Way to Better Prevention Programs (1993)
Sponsor: Developed by Westat for the US Department of Education
Scope: Designing and implementing evaluation of drug prevention programs
Audience: School and community agency staff carrying out evaluations mandated under the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, but broadly applicable
Format: Webpages (excerpts from full text) or Adobe pdf document (click on link at top of page - the pdf version is complete)
Link: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OUS/PES/primer1.html


Title: User-friendly Handbook for Mixed-method Evaluations (1997)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Scope: Designing, conducting evaluation integrating quantitative and qualitative techniques for outcome evaluations, "practical rather than technically sophisticated"
Audience: Principal Investigators and Project Evaluators working with NSF's directorate for education and human resource development, but widely applicable for novice evaluators.
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/EHR/REC/pubs/NSF97-153/start.htm


Title: User-friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation (2004)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Scope: The Handbook discusses quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods and suggests ways they can be used as complements in evaluation strategy.
Audience: People who need to learn more about both what evaluation can do and how to do an evaluation in the field.
Format: Webpages linking with PDF documents
Link: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02057/start.htm  


Title: UNICEF Guide for Monitoring and Evaluation
Sponsor/Authors: Rob McBride and John Schostack, University of East Anglia
Scope: Basic introduction to monitoring and evaluation in UNICEF 
Audience: Those conducting UNICEF Monitoring and Evaluation activities
Format: Webpages
Link: http://www.preval.org/documentos/00473.pdf