PUAD 629 Midterm Exam
Instructions: This is an open book, open note exam. Your answers should draw on materials from both the readings and the lectures and should not be a simple re-stating of the terms that I have provided in my notes. Also, this is an independent exam. You should not collaborate with your classmates on your answers.
Part I: Identification
For each of the following concepts, explain in 2-3 sentences what each of these terms means with regards to the information we’ve covered thus far. Provide an example for each. (3 points each)
1.) Needs assessment
2.) Process theory
4.) Decision-making context
5.) Hidden agenda
6.) Target population
7.) Rapid feedback evaluation
8.) Empowerment evaluation
Part II: Short Answer
For the following short answer questions, each answer should be between 3 and 5 sentences. Be sure to address all parts of the questions. (5 points each)
1.) In your own words, what does it mean for a set of program activities to be evaluable?
2.) Why should we consider context?
3.) What is the difference between process and outcome evaluations? What does each reveal about the evaluand?
4.) What is the difference between program theory and a logic model? What are the benefits of each?
5.) What are the characteristics of a good research question? Provide an example.
6.) Explain the difference between perceived need and expressed need. What do they each tell you about your problem? Provide examples.
You’ve been hired as part of an evaluation team to study a program that co-located a nursery school inside a nursing home. The program administrators who designed the program believe that the interactions between the children and elderly residents throughout the day will be beneficial for both groups. The program has been in operation for less than a year, but the administrators would already like to replicate the model in other nursing homes throughout the county and are looking for funding to support the expansion. You suggest conducting an evaluability assessment. Why?
Part IV: Essay #2
Developing strong relationships with stakeholders is arguably one of the most important steps in designing and conducting an evaluation. In the following essay discuss the role of stakeholders in evaluation research. In your answer you should be sure to address who stakeholders are, why and how they should be involved in an evaluation, how their role changes over the course of the evaluation, and the potential challenges you may face in engaging with them.