Useful Resources

Books

If you want to read about programme evaluation, we recommend the following book which is prescribed for our post graduate students and which we use as a basis for our short courses:

  • Rossi, P. H., Lipsey, M. W., & Freeman, H. E. (2004). Evaluation: A systematic approach (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Should you wish to expand your knowledge, here are some more books, in alphabetical order:

  • Alkin, M.C. (Ed.). (2004). Evaluation roots. Tracing theorists’ views and influences. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Chen, H. (2005). Practical program evaluation. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Davidson, J. (2005). Evaluation methodology basics. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Mark, M., Henry, G. , & Julnes, G. (2000). Evaluation: An integrated framework. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Owen, J. (1999). Program evaluation. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Patton, M.Q. (1997). Utilization-focused evaluation : The new century text. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Preskill, H., & Torres, R. ( 1998). Evaluation inquiry for learning in organizations. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Torres, R.T., Preskill, H., & Piontek , M.E. (2005). Evaluation strategies for communicating and reporting : Enhancing learning in organizations. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Stufflebeam, D.L., Madaus, G.F., & Kellaghan, T. (2000). Evaluation models. Viewpoints on educational and human services evaluation. Dordrect: Kluwer.
  • Worthen, B.R., Sanders, J.R., & Fitzpatrick, J.L. (1997). Program evaluation. New York: Longman.
  • Weiss, C. 1997. Evaluation. New York: Prentice Hall.

[South African bookshops usually do not have these in stock. We recommend that you order your evaluation books from internet vendors such as amazon.com or Kalahari.net.]

Useful Links

We have found the following websites to be useful for programme evaluation:

http://www.wmich.edu/evalctr/checklists/checklistmenu.htm
(A number of checklists for how to do evaluation, from the University of Western Michigan)

http://www.cgu.edu/pages/154.asp
(Claremont Graduate University, one of the universities which train evaluators; the website has many interesting and up-to- date articles and books.)

http://www.worldbank.org/oed/
(The World Bank’s independent evaluation group’s website; full of free down-loads and news)

http://www.who.int/en/
(The World Health Organisation’s website; type monitoring evaluation in the search box and a number of good resources on monitoring and evaluating health programmes will appear)

http://www.hsrc.ac.za/CYFSD.phtml
(The Human Sciences Research Council’s Child, Youth and Social Development Research Programme; a website with good information about indicators of child well-being )

http://www.evaluatorsinstitute.com/faculty.php
(The Evaluators’ Institute in Washington, USA, which offers short courses in programme evaluation; has good resources listed for their short courses)

http://www.samea.org.za/
(The website of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association)

http://www.afrea.org/home/index.cfm
(The website of the African Evaluation Association)

http://www.eval.org/
(The website of the American Evaluation Association)