Identifying Issues and Formulating Questions

Chapter 3 Identifying Issues and Formulating Questions

Use this reference for this assignment

Rossi, P. H., Lipsey, M. W., & Freeman, H. E. (2014). Evaluation: A systematic approach. 7th edition. Sage publications.

  • Chapter 3:Identifying Issues and Formulating Questions


You will complete a short essay 700-1000 words of the key points of the chapter, or some 4 application of the topics covered during the week. DO NOT use the summary points at the end of the chapter, and instead focus on applying your knowledge. Be sure to cite within-text to support your responses. The summary points may guide you in figuring out what is important but, maybe something else caught your attention that you would like to talk about instead.

You can:

  • find a policy and apply key concepts
  • apply your knowledge of the materials in other ways.

NOTE: Some of the information (i.e., key concepts) is necessary to define to demonstrate your understanding of the module material

IN THIS ESSAY PROVIDE key points to the chapter or chapters covered during the week in order to demonstrate your understanding of the materials. Key Point of Chapter Three

Chapter three discusses three main areas of program evaluation: understanding a good evaluation question, linking questions with the right evaluation answer, and arranging and prioritizing evaluation questions. The overall analysis of the chapter involves assessing how evaluators can formulate appropriate evaluation questions. The chapter also discusses the decision-making process, including the required information while evaluating the questions.

Understanding a Good Evaluation Question

A good evaluation question will be deemed effective if it has been designed in line with the functions it is intended to execute as well as the performance of the program. The major goal of the evaluation question is to meet the requirements of the target program and satisfy the interests of the stakeholders and decision makers.  The evaluation expert should get on board all the key stakeholders, including the program sponsors, to make sure their essential inputs are addressed. The success of the program lies mainly on the evaluator since he is an expert, and as such, he must identify issues that are essential for the program that might be overlooked. This means the evaluator should evaluate a question in a manner in which quality performance can be determined. As presented by Rossi Lipsey & Freeman (2014), a good evaluation should be based on “established criteria of merit, constructed standards, a measurable performance that can be compared with standards and synthesized and integrated data within the judgment of merit” (p. 70). These are the elements which the evaluator should ensure are present during the evaluation process.




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