Sample Social Work and Human Services Paper on Program evaluation

Program evaluation refers to the systematic investigation to determine the strength or weakness of a planned set of organized activities. Evaluation of programs follows a logical and systematic order of evaluating both human services and the related organizational resources. Additionally, a firm may decide to use qualitative, quantitative or mixed research methods for their evaluations depending on the company’s objective. This research will illustrate why the quantitative way is the most favorable to use for program evaluation than either qualitative or mixed research method.

The quantitative research method uses statistical, computational and mathematical techniques to explain a phenomenon. This method offers reliable information as the research data use a randomized approach, thereby giving slight variance, thus provide the reliability of the data for decision making (Royce et al., 2015). Additionally, there is rapid data collection as use of survey, interviews and experiments method offer an easy way to analyze data compared to other methods. Moreover, the data collection methods reduce biases, and thereby, the sampled data can be applied to the whole population under study.

The research can be conducted remotely, thereby helps to save time and travel expenses from reaching the population. Remote collection of data enables researcher independence; thus, the researcher is free to control and choose the approach to use for the research. Additionally, the study aims at emphasizing on the proof of hypothesis in question rather than on making discoveries such as in qualitative research method (McCusker et al., 2015). The evidence of hypothesis enables an analysis of the data as the validity and reliability of the data can be measured using various statistical tests. Furthermore, the use of experimental, quasi-experimental, correlational and descriptive research designs enables the data collected to be transformed into useful statistics from a large sampled population.

The characteristics of the quantitative research method enable the method to be valid for use in a large population, thereby most suitable for program evaluation.

 

Reference

McCusker, K., & Gunaydin, S. (2015). Research using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods and choice based on the research. Perfusion30(7), 537-542.

Royse, D., Thyer, B. A., & Padgett, D. K. (2015). Program evaluation: An introduction to an evidence-based approach. Cengage Learning.