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ERIC Number: EJ946656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Testing Conceptual Frameworks of Nonexperimental Program Evaluation Designs Using Structural Equation Modeling
Adedokun, Omolola A.; Childress, Amy L.; Burgess, Wilella D.
American Journal of Evaluation, v32 n4 p480-493 Dec 2011
A theory-driven approach to evaluation (TDE) emphasizes the development and empirical testing of conceptual models to understand the processes and mechanisms through which programs achieve their intended goals. However, most reported applications of TDE are limited to large-scale experimental/quasi-experimental program evaluation designs. Very few (limited) examples of the relevance of TDE to nonexperimental program evaluation designs exist in literature. Using the method of structural equation modeling to analyze data from the Interns for Indiana (IfI) program, this study demonstrates how evaluation practitioners can test logical and sequential relationships among tiers of outcomes of nonexperimental programs, especially programs with limited datasets. The study also describes how the empirical feedback can be used to understand program dynamics and improve program implementation and evaluation. (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana