Introductory Materials on Statistics and Evaluation
These statistics textbooks are all available for free within Google Books. Click on the link to open the book. You can also find many of these at the library for review:
- Pallant, J. (2007). SPSS Survival Manual: A Step by Step Guide to Data Analysis Using SPSS for Windows. This step-by-step manual (available through Google Book) shows how to set up a data file in SPSS and perform basic analysis and create basic graphs. Include steps showing how to merge two data files within SPSS.
- Rossi, P.H., Lipsey, M.W. & Freeman, H.E. (2003). Evaluation: A systematic approach. Thousand Hills, CA: Sage Publications. Broad introduction to the social science of program evaluation. Provides examples of applying program evaluation theory to social intervention. Historical examples can provide some context for “big picture” planning.
- Howell, Fundamental Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. Basic methods for inferential statistics (including normal distribution, correlation, regression, chi-square). Each topic includes examples of applications that apply to social sciences and step by step guide to use SPSS. A graduate level text, but approachable.
- Pagano, Understanding Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences. Comprehensive overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. Textbook for undergraduate courses. Highly user-friendly, highly approachable writing style.
- Wood, Marilynn J.; Kerr, Janet C. Basic Steps in Planning Nursing Research: From Question to Proposal, Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers (2011). Useful section describing how to assess reliability of data, p. 209-215.
Measurement and Testing (technical)
- Crocker and Algina, Introduction to Classical and Modern Test Theory (2006). (This link provides information about the book; the book is not available online.) This textbook covers basic psychometrics: measuring constructs, checking for reliability and validity, scoring tests, and interpreting data. Useful sections on identifying bias in measurement, and whether scores provide accurate measures.
- McDonald, Test Theory: A Unified Treatment (1999). Textbook covers how items are scored, reliable scales, regression as a predictor, and response modeling. Focuses on how to evaluate test results in settings of psychology, social sciences, and education.
Measurement/Assessment and Practice
- Finn, S.E. & Tonsanger, M.E. (1997). Information-gathering and therapeutic models of assessment: complementary paradigms. Psychological Assessment, 9(4), 374-385. Abstract (free), full article (purchase).
- Finn, S.E. & Tonsanger, M.E. (1992). Therapeutic effects of providing MMPI-2 test feedback to college students awaiting therapy. Psychological Assessment, 4(3), 278-287. Abstract (free), full article (purchase).
- Hilsenroth, M.J., Peters, E.J., & Ackerman, S.J. (2004). The development of therapeutic alliance during psychological assessment: patient and therapist perspectives across treatment. Journal of Personality Assessment, 83(3), 332-344. Abstract (free), full article (purchase).
Implications of Culture in Measurement, Research & Evaluation
- Davis, Rebecca Meghan; Davis, Henry. PTSD symptom changes in refugees, TORTURE Journal Vol. 16, No. 1, 10-19 (2006). Full article PDF (free).
- Elsass, Peter; Carlsson, Jessica; Jespersen, Kristian; Phuntsok, Kalsang. Questioning western assessment of trauma among Tibetan torture survivors, TORTURE Journal Volume 19, No. 3, 200, 194-203 (2009). Full article PDF (free).
- Heppner, Wampold, and Kivlighan. Research Design in Counseling (2007). (link to free copy within Google books)
- Hollifield, Michael; Warner, Teddy; Lian, Nityamo; Krakow, Barry; Jenkins, Janis; Kesler, James; Stevenson, Jayne; Westermeyer, Joseph. Measuring Trauma and Health Status in Refugees, JAMA Vol. 288, No. 5, 611-621 (2002). Abstract (free); full article PDF (free).
- Ida, DJ; JA, Davis. Research and evaluation on programs for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander populations, focal point Vol. 21, No. 2, 28-31 (2007). Full article PDF (free).
- Lhewa, Dechen; Banu, Sophia; Rosenfeld, Barry; Keller, Allen. Validation of a Tibetan Translation of the Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 and the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire, Assessment, Vol. 14, No. 3, 223-230 (2007). Abstract (free); full article PDF (now free).
- Shoeb, Marwa; Weinstein, Harvey; Mollica, Richard. The Harvard Trauma Questionnaire: Adapting a Cross-Cultural Instrument for Measuring Torture, Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Iraqi Refugees, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Vol. 53, No. 5, 447-463 (2007). Abstract (free); full article PDF (requires subscription).
- Sue, S. & Chang, J. (2003). The state of psychological assessment in Asia. Psychological Assessment, 15(3), 306-310. Abstract (free), full article PDF (now free).
Ethics in Research Evaluation & Practice
- LaPolt, Elizabeth K. Ethical Dilemmas in Program Evaluation and Research Design. 2010-04-20. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5p8IPbTi4) Full article (free).
- MacQueen, Kathleen; Buehler, James. Ethics, Practice, and Research in Public Health, American Journal of Public Health Vol. 94, No. 6 (2004). Abstract (free), full article PDF (free).
- U.S. Government Accountability Office. (2011). Performance measurement and evaluation: Definitions and relationships. GAO-11-616SP. Washington, D.C. Available online (free).
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement. (2011). Science of Improvement: Establishing Measures. Available online (free). This online article reviews different types of measures, with examples to illustrate. Includes list of tips for sampling and effective measures.
- Program Evaluation: Alternative Approaches and Practical Guidelines. Pearson, Fitzpatrick, Sanders, and Worthen. (4th Ed., 2010, 560pp.) This college textbook includes theory of evaluation, logic models, numerous examples, and best practices. Includes checklists and charts for your own implementation. (link to list of sites where you may purchase this book)
- Program Evaluation Essentials. PowerPoint presentation (free). This presentation was developed for the Minnesota Evaluation Association in June, 2009. All rights reserved. This presentation was prepared by (in alphabetical order) Edita Bucinca, Ann Mavis, Laura Pejsa, Cindy Reich, Denise Roseland, and Robert Tornberg, under the direction of Dr. Jean A. King, University of Minnesota. This presentation is a centerpiece of the Minnesota Evaluation Association's page on “Evaluation 101,” covering the basics of program evaluation.
- Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation. 2nd Ed (2010) http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs Within this website, click on the heading for PROGRAMS, and then the subheading for Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. The OPRE Resource Library has several useful articles.
- University of Wisconsin Extension‐Program Development & Evaluation http://www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande/evaluation/evallogicmodel.html This site includes extensive information about logic models, including templates for creating your own logic model.
Evidence-based Outcomes Analysis
- Bloom.,M, Fischer J & Orme J (2009) Evaluating Practice : Guidelines for the accountable Professional (6th Ed.) Boston: Allyn and Bacon. (link to list of sites where you may purchase this book)
- Chorpita B F, Becker, K.D & Daleden, E L (2007) Understanding the Common Elements of Evidence Based Practice. In Evidence Based Practice, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Available online (free).
- Levine E.R (2004) Glossary. In Roberts, A. R & Yeager, K.R (Eds) Evidence-Based Practice Manual: Research and Outcome Measures in Health and Human Services (PP971-1007) New York: Oxford University Press. Available online through Google books (free).
- Mullen J.E (2004) Facilitating practitioner use of evidence based practice. In Roberts & Yeager (Eds) Desk Reference for Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare and Human Services. New York Oxford University Press. Available online through Google books (free).
- Valentine, Jeff; Cooper, Harris. Effect Size Substantive Interpretation Guidelines: Issues in the Interpretation of Effect Sizes, Washington, DC: What Works Clearinghouse (2003). full article PDF (free). This article discusses three ways to communicate the strength or weakness of the effect of an intervention. In general, outcomes analysis should include a discussion of effect size, to show the strength of impact of your intervention.
- Chapter 7 of the curriculum guide topics “Introduction to Quality Improvement Methods” of the Patient Safety Curriculum Guide, published online by the World Health Organization in 2011. (18 pp.) The companion Teaching slides are available on the WHO website. A clear review of Quality Improvement methods and history. Although CQI refers to the medical profession, the methods are the same in a wide range of industries and professions.