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Planning an Evaluation
The following resources describe steps and strategies for planning a program evaluation, including developing goals and objectives, selecting design elements, enhancing staff participation, and determining evaluation and dissemination methods.
An Assessment of Evaluation Designs: Case Studies of 12 Large Federal Evaluations
Howell & Yemane
American Journal of Evaluation, 27(2), 2006
Provides reviews of 12 Federal program evaluations. They focus on the evaluation's design elements, inclusion of staff with evaluation expertise, and evaluation dissemination. Recommendations to improve the evaluations of large Federal programs are outlined.
Crafting Goals and Objectives (PDF - 120 KB)
In Social Work Evaluation: Enhancing What We Do
Explains the importance of goals and objectives in developing program and practice interventions. This chapter outlines key considerations when planning a new program or practice area
Program Evaluation in Family Centered Services: Workbook (PDF - 243 KB)
Wells & Fuller (2005)
Provides a step-by-step guide through the process of planning and carrying out a program evaluation for family and children services program coordinators, managers, and directors.
The Manager's Guide to Program Evaluation: Planning, Contracting, and Managing for Useful Results
Describes a step-by-step process for conducting program evaluations. The guide reviews the phases of an evaluation study from design to data collection, analysis, and reporting. Topics include program theories, types of information that should be analyzed, data collection methods, and the application of evaluation findings.
Thinking About How to Evaluate Your Program? These Strategies Will Get You Started
Gajda & Jewiss
Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 9(8), 2004
Presents strategies to help program managers and direct care providers with program evaluation. Information is provided on identifying and documenting the outcomes, activities, and indicators to be evaluated, and assessing the quantity and quality of the program's achievements.
Using Information Technology in Planning Program Evaluation
Leslie, Holosko, & Dunlop
Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 3(3/4), 2006
Explains how information technology can be used in program evaluation. The article presents key elements in evaluation planning and outlines field-tested technologies that have been used in a collaborative planning process.
When and How to Use External Evaluators (PDF - 460 KB)
Rutnik & Campbell (2002)
Outlines the role of external evaluators in conducting evaluations, suggests priorities for selecting and hiring, and offers tips for ensuring a smooth transition.
Who Wants to Know? Tips for Involving Stakeholders in Your Program Evaluation (PDF - 172 KB)
Provides questions and tips for involving stakeholders effectively in program evaluations.