Evaluating Recreation Services, 4th ed. - eBook

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ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-57167-848-5

Author(s): Karla Henderson, M. Deborah Bialeschki, Laurie P. Browne

Copyright year: 2017

Edition: 4th

Other Formats: Print

pages: 439

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Evaluating Recreation Services: Making Enlightened Decisions (4th ed.) delves into systematic evaluation and research that focuses specifically on identifying explicit evaluation criteria or research questions, collecting evidence or data, and making judgments about the value or the worth of something applied to service improvement or knowledge development. This book provides a basic overview and working knowledge of procedures, allowing recreation service professionals to organize and manage recreation services while keeping in mind people's preferences, needs, and behaviors and the programs, administrative structures, and resources that make up the organizations.

The authors have taught at the higher education level and have worked for the American Camp Association. In addition, they have served professional organizations such as the Society of Park and Recreation Educators and the Academy of Leisure Sciences.

UNIT ONE—CRITERIA: Foundations for Evaluation and Research

1.0 Introduction to Criteria

1.1 The Basic Question: What Is Systematic Inquiry?  

1.2 Evaluation and Research: Viva la Difference 

1.3 The Trilogy of Evaluation and Research: Criteria, Evidence, and Judgment

1.4 Why Evaluate: You Don’t Count if You Don’t Count

1.5 Approaches to Evaluation: Models and More

1.6 Those Who Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: The Five Ps of Evaluation

1.7 From Good to Great: Evaluating Program Quality and Participants

1.8 A Time for Evaluation

1.9 Designing Evaluation and Research Projects: Doing What You Gotta Do

1.10 To Be or Not to Be: Competencies and the Art of Systematic Inquiry

1.11 Doing the Right Thing: Political, Legal, Ethical, and Moral Issues

UNIT TWO—EVIDENCE: Data Collection

2.0 Introduction to Evidence

2.1 Qualitative and Quantitative Data: Choices to Make

2.2 Choosing Designs and Methods: The Big Picture

2.3 Trustworthiness: The Sine Qua Non of Data Collection

2.4 What Are the Chances? Choosing a Sample

2.5 Choosing the Right Stuff: Measurement Instruments

2.6 On Your Own Again: Developing Measurement Instruments

2.7 Surveys: The Winner of the Popularity Contest

2.8 Surveys: Administering Questionnaires and Conducting Telephone Interviews

2.9 Surveys: Talking About Personal and Group Interviewing

2.10 Electronic Surveys and Mobile Devices: The Wave of the Present and the Future

2.11 Observations: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

2.12 Unobtrusive Methods: Oddball Approaches

2.13 Experimental Designs: Focusing on Control and Interventions

2.14 Specific Applications to Recreation: The More the Merrier

2.15 Triangulation or Mixed Modes: Drawing on All the Tools

2.16 People Aren’t All the Same: Considerations for Data Collection


3.0 Introduction to Data Analysis

3.1 Data According to Measurement

3.2 Getting Your Data Together: Organizing and Coding Quantitative Data

3.3 Univariate Statistical Analyses: Describing What Is

3.4 The Word on Statistical Significance and Its Meanings

3.5 Inferential Statistics: The Plot Thickens

3.6 Hurray for Computers and Data Interpretation

3.7 Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation: Exploring the What, How, and Why


4.0 Introduction to Judgment

4.1 Using Visuals: A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words

4.2 Developing Conclusions and Recommendations: The Grand Finale

4.3 Report Writing: Saving a Paper Trail

4.4 Oral Presentations: Telling the Tale

4.5 Evaluating Projects and Studies: Pitfalls and Problems

4.6 Using Evaluations and Research for Decision Making: Back to the Beginning

Appendix A: Table of Random Numbers

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