RealWorld Evaluation: Working Under Budget, Time, Data, and Political Constraints

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RealWorld Evaluation: Working Under Budget, Time, Data, and Political Constraints is the only textbook that provides specific guidance on how to conduct evaluations when working under resource and/or data constraints. Authors Michael Bamberger, Jim Rugh, and Linda Mabry illustrate options for addressing each constraint through practical examples from both developed and developing countries to show how adapting to different types of exigencies can lead to successful evaluations.

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Jim Rugh has had 41 years of professional involvement in rural community development in Africa, Asia, and Appalachia. He has specialized in evaluation for 25 years-the past 10 years as head of Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for CARE International, a large nongovernmental organization (NGO). His particular skills include promoting strategies for enhanced capacity for evaluation throughout this worldwide organization. He is a recognized leader in evaluation among colleagues in the international NGO community, including InterAction. He has been an active member of the American Evaluation Association since 1986, currently serving on the Nominations and Election Committee. He was a founding member of the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association. He has experience in promoting community development and evaluating and facilitating self-evaluation by participants in such programs. He has provided training for and/or evaluated many different international NGOs. He brings a perspective of the “big picture,” including familiarity with a wide variety of community groups and assistance agencies in many countries, plus an eye to detail and a respect for inclusiveness and the participatory process.

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"I was quite impressed with how this book balanced the technical aspects with practical advice for managing budget, time and political constraints. The use of case study examples and checklists/worksheets helped to make the book much more “grounded in practice” compared to other texts. I like to think of myself as an experienced, well-read evaluator, but I must confess that I learned quite a lot from this book!"
(Scott Bayley)

"The authors provide a useful checklist of questions that can be used to shape dialogue between commissioners of evaluation and evaluators when designing the evaluation, and developing a joint understanding of an agreement about what can and cannot be achieved by the evaluation and the trade-offs that will be involved." (Sue Funnell Evaluation Journal of Australasia)

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