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K. Ann McKibbon MLS PhD
Cynthia Lokker PhD
Health Information Research Unit
Canada L8N 3Z5
Apr 4, 2014 7:05 am
Evaluation Research (N=11)
Evaluation research: research undertaken to see whether a program or activity is meeting or has met the objectives set for it.
Social Research in Developing Countries
"Evaluation" is the systematic determination of merit, worth, and significance of something or someone. Evaluation often is used to characterize and appraise subjects of interest in a wide range of human enterprises, including the Arts, business, computer science, criminal justice, engineering, foundations and non-profit organizations, government, health care, and other human services.
[Evaluation] is a term borrowed from social research designating the process to detemining if a particular implementation (translation) of basic scientific findings (or theories) is effective in the real world
Bausell R.Barker. Translation Research: Introduction to the Special Issue. Evaluation in the Health Professions. 2006; 29 (1): 3-6.
[Evaluation research] is defined as the systematic application of social research procedures in assessing social intervention programs.
Patton MQ. Utilization-focused evaluation. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications; 1996.
[Evaluation] is a dynamic, ongoing process that provides feedback to all components of the plan for the utilization of nursing research. It provides a mechanism to monitor, revise, correct, and maintain the planned change.
MacLachlan LW. General considerations about the utilization of research by clinicians. In: Fraelich Phillips LR, Ed. A clinician's guide to the critique and utilization of nursing research. Norwalk, Connecticut: Appleton-Centruy-Crofts; 1986: 381-405.
Evaluation research seeks to provide objective assessments of past, present, or proposed programs of action. Though seeking to be objective, most evaluation research is sponsored by actors in the environment of the program, whether superordinate organizations, auditing organizations, peer organizations, donor organizations, or others. The methodology of evaluation research may be managerial, oriented to providing management with needs assessments, impact studies, cost-benefit information, or critical path analysis (ex., CPM, PERT) for planning purposes; experimental or quasi-experimental, oriented toward identifying causal processes; or intersubjective, oriented toward providing ethnographic, phenomenological, or other subjectively understood information, often employing a "bottom up" or "grounded theory" approach, though participant observation may be used as well..
Evaluation Research: the use of scientific research methods to plan intervention programs, to monitor the implementation of new programs and the operation of existing programs, and to determine how effectively programs or clinical practices achieve their goals.
EVALUATION RESEARCH – Research conducted in an organization having a surplus of cash. Acceptance of the findings is dependent upon the congruence between the reality and the dream.
evaluation research: Applied research using the scientific method to assess the worth or effectiveness of a leisure activity, program, or policy.
Parks and Recreation Management
nursing evaluation research: Research carried out by nurses that uses interviews, data collection, observation, surveys, etc., to evaluate nursing, health, clinical, and nursing education programs and curricula, and which also demonstrates the value of such evaluation.
Increasingly, social service providers, programme administrators and legislators use evaluation research in order to consider the ‘effectiveness’ of new and existing programmes, procedures and/or interventions at producing some form of ‘outcome’ or ‘change’. The findings from evaluations focus on the strengths and weaknesses of various aspects of innovations as well of their overall ‘outcome’. This information is, in turn, used to consider how such interventions might be modified, enhanced or even eliminated in the effort to provide a better service, fulfil a particular need or meet a specific challenge.
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