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Melvin M. Mark, PhD, is Professor and Head of Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. He has served as president of the American Evaluation Association and as editor of the American Journal of Evaluation.  He has received AEA’s Lazarsfeld Award for Evaluation Theory.  He has conducted federally funded evaluations, including evaluations of prevention programs for at-risk youth, federal personnel policies, and industrial modernization, and he has been involved in evaluations of state and local programs. An award-winning teacher, he has published numerous papers and chapters on the theory and design of evaluations.

Among his books are Evaluation: An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Guiding, and Improving Policies and Programs (with Gary Henry and George Julnes), the SAGE Handbook of Evaluation (with Ian Shaw and Jennifer Greene), Evaluation in action: Interviews with Expert Evaluators (with Jody Fitzpatrick and Christina Christie), Social Psychology and Evaluation (with Stewart Donaldson and Bernadette Campbell), and Credible and Actionable Evidence: The Foundation for Rigorous and Influential Evaluations (with Stewart Donaldson and Christina Christie).