13 May 2009

Expand Your Bookshelf: 37 Free Books

The American Evaluation Association web site provides links to online handbooks and texts "in their entirety online." Evaluation subjects are addressed in generalist guides as well as specialty areas such as community health. The great majority are written in "how-to" mode.

Annotations on the dedicated web page include scope and intended audience. Format is also noted, which helps to locate PDFs that can be easily downloaded or shared with others by specifying page numbers of pertinent sections.

Among the 41 entries only 4 cannot be reached via the provided links (current to May 2009):

Evaluation Toolkit (Project Star)
Evaluation Toolkit: Quasi-Experimental Design (HRDC)
Return Results (Pew Trusts)
User-friendly Handbook for Mixed-method Evals (NSF)

Educators will recognize Bill Trochim's Research Methods Knowledge Base, continuing to offer a good set of free web pages. (Trochim's extended-material book can be purchased in print or on web.)

© 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

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