Useful Resources


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 or]

Useful Links

We have found the following websites to be useful for programme evaluation:
(A number of checklists for how to do evaluation, from the University of Western Michigan)
(Claremont Graduate University, one of the universities which train evaluators; the website has many interesting and up-to- date articles and books.)
(The World Bank’s independent evaluation group’s website; full of free down-loads and news)
(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)
(The Human Sciences Research Council’s Child, Youth and Social Development Research Programme; a website with good information about indicators of child well-being )
(The Evaluators’ Institute in Washington, USA, which offers short courses in programme evaluation; has good resources listed for their short courses)
(The website of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association)
(The website of the African Evaluation Association)
(The website of the American Evaluation Association)