Evaluation for Continuing Education: A Comprehensive Guide to Success
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Evaluation for Continuing Education provides the useful and practical tools necessary to ensure a successful program evaluation. The book presents systematic guidelines aimed at enhancing understanding of evaluation concepts and procedures, and offers manageable ways to selectively include evaluation activities as an integral part of program planning, implementation, and justification. Author Alan Knox reveals that the key to successful evaluations that improve education programs for adults is a basic rationale for why and how. He helps readers select and develop their own rationale throughout the course of the book while suggesting fundamental evaluation concepts and procedures. He shows how to distinguish some program aspect upon which a specific evaluation project will focus-including needs assessment, goals and policies, staffing assessment, materials development, and more-and summarizes examples of evaluation reports that reflect the various types of providers and scales on which evaluations are conducted. Knox offers a particularly wide variety of these examples, enabling readers to reflect on implications for their own evaluations and fashion unique guidelines and procedures that fit their own situations.


Alan Knox is professor of continuing education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Widely respected in the field, he has twice received the Adult Education Association's Okes Award for outstanding research and was awarded the Syracuse University School of Education distinguished alumnus award in 1980. Knox has authored several Jossey-Bass books, including such classic works as Adult Development and Learning (1977) and Helping Adults Learn (1986).



The Author.

Part I: Basic Evaluation Concepts and Rationale.

1. Overview.

2. Approaches.

3. Rationale and Procedures.

Part II: Applications to Various Program Aspects.

4. Needs Assessment.

5. Contextual Analysis.

6. Goals and Policies.

7. Staffing Assessment.

8. Participation.

9. Program.

10. Materials.

11. Outcomes and Impact.

Part III: Guidelines forImproving Evaluation Practice.

12. How and Why.




"The resource and counsel that Knox provide are drawn from extensive practice over a long and distinguished career." (PAACE Journal of Lifelong Learning, Summer 2004)

"...this book achieves it's goal of providing just in time training about evaluation." (The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, Volume 22)

"This book poses some excellent ideas, suggestions, and examples of evaluating adult and continuing education programs. It will be very helpful to a person who is learning the concepts of evaluation and needs practical applications of these concepts. Dr. Knox's examples, given his extensive experience, shed a great deal of light on the processes and uses of evaluation in the adult education arena."
--John Boulmetis, professor, adult education, University of Rhode Island and coauthor, The ABC's of Evaluation

"This comprehensive guide to evaluation in adult and continuing education will help practitioners demystify the process. Designed to be used as a reference, it can be consulted for specific questions or problems related to evaluation. Examples from numerous settings illuminate the practical information and guidelines provided by Alan Knox. Knox's many years of experience in adult and continuing education add depth to the volume."
--Susan Imel, Director, ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, The Ohio State University

"Alan Knox has married the wisdom born out of his years of successful experience and his encyclopedic knowledge of the evaluation literature to produce the first truly comprehensive guide to evaluation for our field."
--Ronald M. Cevero, University of Georgia