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Author: Herrera Sánchez, Isabel María
León Rubio, José María
Medina Anzano, Silvia
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Psicología Social
Date: 2005
Published in: The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 8 (1), 21-29.
Document type: Article
Abstract: Considering the many theoretical and methodological viewpoints in the field of evaluation, a guideline was established to facilitate the evaluation of social intervention programs. For this purpose, the goals of the evaluation were taken into account: (a) planning interventions, (b) learning and continuous improvement of interventions, (c) programming policies, and (d) transformation of society. These goals will determine the perspective of the analysis selected (focusing on the evaluand or the context) and the strategies for change employed (focusing on processes or results). The elements that, according to Shadish, Cook, and Levinton (1991), constitute the theory of evaluation (evaluand, value, building of knowledge, and uses) have also been considered. The analysis of all these components led to the elaboration of a guideline to orient the practice of evaluation from a pragmatic perspective, in accordance with the demands and needs of a certain social context. Considerando la multiplicidad de perspectivas teóricas y metodológicas existentes en el campo de la evaluación, se ha elaborado una pauta que permita conducir la evaluación de programas de intervención social. Para ello se han tenido en cuenta los...
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Cite: Herrera Sánchez, I.M., León Rubio, J.M. y Medina Anzano, S. (2005). A pragmatic guideline for evaluation of social intervention. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 8 (1), 21-29.
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DOI: 10.1017/S1138741600004923

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