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Communimetrics

A Communication Theory of Measurement in Human Service Settings

Authors: Lyons, John S.

  • Represents the first innovation in measurement in the past 50 years
  • Details the basics of communimetrics and how these tools are now used by more than 50,000 trained and certified individuals worldwide
  • Describes how applications are used in a range of activities, including children’s service, aging services, adult mental health, adult prisons and juvenile justice, entrepreneurship, organizational development
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About this book

Measurement in human services means one thing: how well the effort serves clients. But the data doesn’t exist in a vacuum and must be communicated clearly between provider and client, provider and management, and across systems. During the past decade, innovative communimetric measures have helped more than 50,000 professionals worldwide in health care, justice, and business settings deliver findings that enhance communication on all sides. Now, the theory and methods behind this fast-paced innovation are available in this informative volume.

Communimetrics presents information in an accessible style, and its model of measurement as communication bolsters transparency and ease of interpretation without sacrificing validity or reliability. It conveys a deep appreciation for the unique position of service delivery systems at the intersection between science and management (and between quality and quantity), and shows readers how to create measures that can be used immediately to translate findings into practical action.

This must-have volume offers readers the tools for understanding—and applying—this cutting-edge innovation by providing:

  • The theoretical base for communimetrics.
  • Practical illustrations comparing communimetrics with traditional methods.
  • Guidelines for designing communimetric measures and evaluating their reliability and validity.
  • Detailed examples of three widely used communimetric measures—the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS), the INTERMED, and the Entrepreneurial League System Assessment as well as detailed explanations for how they are used and why they work.
  • Applications used in a range of settings, including children’s services, adult mental health, services for the aging, and business and organizational development.

Communimetrics provides a wealth of real-world uses to a wide professional audience, including program evaluators, quality management professionals, enterprise managers, teachers of field research methods, and professionals involved in measurement and management design. It also makes an exceptionally useful text for program evaluation courses.

About the authors

John S. Lyons, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry & Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University where he has served on the faculty for more than two decades. Dr. Lyons has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and five books including, "The Measurement and Management of Clinical Outcomes in Mental Health", "Redressing the Emperor: Improving our children’s public mental health system", and "Strategies in Behavioral Healthcare: Total Clinical Outcomes Management". He has developed the communimetric theory of measurement and worked to design and implement this measurement strategy in human services applications in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asian, and Africa.

http://www.clinpsych.northwestern.edu/faculty/full-time.htm

Reviews

From the reviews: “Communimetrics: A Communication Theory of Measurement in Human Service Settings is a text describing the historical aspects of communimetrics as well as its current state, application, and supporting data. It is the first book-length discussion on communimetrics and … sets a comparative standard for all future writing on the topic. … I would recommend this text for anyone primarily interested in psychological measurement. Those interested in finding ways to categorize complex human behaviors will also find this text interesting.” (James J. Jakubow, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 55 (3), January, 2010)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Measurement in Human Service Enterprises

    Lyons, John S.

    Pages 1-18

  • Measurement as Communication

    Lyons, John S.

    Pages 19-44

  • Designing a Communimetric Measure

    Lyons, John S.

    Pages 45-66

  • Defining a “Good” Communimetric Measurement Tool

    Lyons, John S.

    Pages 67-91

  • The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths

    Lyons, John S

    Pages 93-133

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eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-92822-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $69.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-92821-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Communimetrics
Book Subtitle
A Communication Theory of Measurement in Human Service Settings
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-92822-7
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-92822-7
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-92821-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 224
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