Evaluating Program, Practice, and Service Effectiveness
Evaluation provides the information necessary to examine how well a program or initiative is being implemented and to determine whether that program is achieving desired results. With information from periodic and well-designed evaluations, program administrators can direct limited resources where they are most needed and effective within their communities. The following resources help administrators and program managers design and conduct evaluations and to use evaluation findings to improve services and benefit staff and the families they serve.
- Introduction to program evaluation
- Designing and conducting evaluations
- Using logic models
- Using evaluation data
- Funding evaluation efforts
- Evaluating child welfare programs
Logic Model Builder
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Takes users through the process of developing a logic model that can help them evaluate their programs' effectiveness in improving outcomes for children and families. Instructions include program evaluation tools specific to family support and to prevention and postadoption services.
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
Helps users implement evaluation processes in the day-to-day practice of their program by developing an individualized evaluation plan from the ground up.