Abstract and Keywords
This article discusses how four types of program evaluations can be used in social service programs: (a) needs assessments, (b) process evaluations, (c) outcome evaluations, and (d) cost-efficiency evaluations. Different approaches to evaluation are also reviewed, including culturally appropriate evaluations. The future of program evaluation within the social work profession is also discussed along with various trends.
Keywords: accountability, program evaluation, logic model, needs assessments, process evaluations, outcome evaluations, cost-efficiency evaluations, cost-benefit evaluations, cost-effectiveness evaluations, approaches to evaluation, culturally responsive evaluation
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