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(p. 1) Introduction to Program Evaluation 

(p. 1) Introduction to Program Evaluation
(p. 1) Introduction to Program Evaluation

Julie Q. Morrison

and Anna L. Harms

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date: 13 April 2021

The objective of this chapter is to provide the school-based professional a concise introduction to program evaluation. Program evaluation is defined and the distinguishing characteristics of program evaluation and research are described. An overview of the most prominent evaluation approaches relevant to a school-based context is provided. The distinction between formative and summative evaluation is presented. Throughout this chapter, evaluation approaches, purposes, and foci are presented as they relate to the evaluation of a multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) framework. Finally, the distinction between an internal and external evaluator is outlined in terms of the relative advantages and disadvantages of each. The role of the school-based professional as an internal or external evaluator is illustrated given the current context in education emphasizing results-driven accountability.

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