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Program Evaluation

This guide is a collection of resources for faculty, students and researchers interested in program evaluation.

Search Terms for Finding Program Evaluations

Think before you search

Whether you are looking for books, searching the internet or trying to find scholarly articles about program evaluation think carefully about the words you use in your search. The clearer and more precise the words in your search, the more appropriate will be the results from that search. 

Here is a glossary of evaluation terms from the University of Arizona Center for Research & Outreach CYFERnet Search project .

When searching in any database or catalog try to use pre-defined index terms to narrow your results. These are called subject terms or Descriptors. Here are a few examples of some appropriate descriptors for program evaluation.

  • "Action research"

  • "Best practices"

  • "Cost-benefit analysis"

  • "Program effectiveness"

  • Evaluation

  • Evidence-based"

  • "Feasibility studies"

  • "Feasibility analysis"

  • Intervention

  • Methodology

  • "Needs assessment"

  • "Organizational effectiveness"

  • "Program evaluation"

Mirlyn - The Library Catalog

Tips for Searching in Mirlyn

Use Mirlyn, the University of Michigan catalog for finding books, DVDs and other materials. 

  • Basic Search lets you enter a few key words to get started. You can also use the drop-down menu to choose specific fields to search; title, author, subject headings, etc.

  • Advanced Search allows you to refine your search even further by choosing a date range, language, format,  and a specific library location or collection. 

Combining Search Terms

Make sure you capitalize any connecter words (AND, OR, NOT) when searching or Mirlyn will disregard the words and assume you want the words connected with AND. See the examples below.

For additional tips on using Mirlyn for finding books take a look at the Mirlyn Research Guide

Classic Evaluation Handbooks