What is it about?

I organized this book based on rural evaluation methods. The first two chapters provide context and information about evaluation in rural America. Chapter 3 describes cultural competence in evaluation and summarizes current tools, standards, and case examples from rural America. Chapter 4 provides an overview of evaluation approaches, models, and designs. Chapter 5 describes the rural community evaluation process from planning to sharing results. Chapter 6 focuses on how to collect and analyze data in rural communities. Chapter 7 uses published evaluations that document results with a focus on evaluation purpose, questions, timing, and dissemination methods. Chapter 8 provides an overview of how to report and apply rural evaluation findings. Chapter 9 describes practical issues for rural evaluators along with opportunities for rural evaluators. This book concludes in Chapter 10 with an overview of sustainability and a clear rationale for rural-focused evaluation.

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Why is it important?

Evaluation of programs throughout rural America is absolutely critical. Without evaluation, we do not know what is working and what is not working. We fail to find value and meaning in programs and funding. This book is about how to do evaluation with rural communities.


Writing this book was a journey. It was a reflection in what I have learned, and what I think evaluators need to know. My hope is that communities, policy makers, program staff, and rural agencies will find value in this text.

allyson kelley

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This page is a summary of: Evaluation in Rural Communities, December 2018, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.4324/9780429458224.
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