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Fetterman, D. M., Kaftarian, S. J. and Wandersman, A. (Eds.) (1996). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.
A collection of essays by evaluators from academia, government, and nonprofits that explore empowerment evaluation, a method for using evaluation to foster improvement and build organizational capacity. Discusses specific contexts for evaluation including a resistant environment in addition to providing specific tools to help evaluators.

Handbook of positive youth outcomes and Assessment tools. Network for Youth Development. Fund for the City of New York. To order: (212) 925-6675.
Guidebooks developed by members of the Network for Youth Development, a collection of youth programs in New York. The outcomes book provides a guide to help in the design of a program assessment, while the tools booklet provides actual instruments which may be used for program assessment.

King, J. A., Morris, L. L. and Fitz-Gibbon, C. T. (1987). How to Assess Program Implementation. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
Part of a series on program evaluation, this book addresses program implementation, that is, "how the program looks in operation." The book includes help in devising methods of assessment such as interviews, questionnaires and observations.

Participatory evaluation in the after-school program. A practical guide. (2002). New York: The Robert Bowne Foundation.
This book describes a participatory evaluation project that was a joint effort of the United Neighborhood Houses and the Riverdale Neighborhood House. The Guide describes the development of Riverdale's logic model, documents the evaluation process, and shares easy methods for identifying and measuring program outcomes.

Patton, M. Q. (1997). Utilization-focused evaluation: The new century text. (3rd Edition). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.
A comprehensive guide to evaluations, including how to identify the primary users of evaluation, methods of evaluation, data analysis and presentation of findings. The book uses case studies and provides concrete strategies for working in diverse settings.

Weinbaum, A. (1996). Participatory assessment in afterschool programs. Summary report. New York: Academy for Educational Development.
The summary report of a two-year participatory assessment project in which staff at four after school programs in New York developed their own questions, designed assessment tools and conducted their own program assessments.