Evaluation: The state of the art and the sorry state of the science

@inproceedings{Lipsey1985EvaluationTS,
  title={Evaluation: The state of the art and the sorry state of the science},
  author={Mark Lipsey and Scott B. Crosse and Jan Dunkle and John A. Pollard and Gordon Stobart},
  year={1985}
}
A representative sample of studies drawn from the published program evaluation literature is systematically examined. Weak designs, low statistical power, ad hoc measurement, and neglect of treatment implementation and program theory characterize the state of the art in program evaluation. Program evaluation research under the experimental paradigm requires better planning and execution. 

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