What is evaluation?
Program evaluation is the use of systematic inquiry to gather data for the purpose of making decisions about a program, improving a program, or increasing understanding of a program. Before you can evaluate your program, you need to know what it is expected to achieve and how it is going to achieve it.
The goal of evaluations is to:
- Produce data that demonstrates the value of your program.
- Give you an idea of what your program is and is not doing well and therefore how to improve your program/program plan.
- Support prioritization and decision making.
- Provide sound data for the Federal Report.
- Help you with promotion.
Evaluation staff can help educators and specialists:
- Clarify program goals/priorities.
- Develop an evaluation plan.
- Choose data collection method, such as a survey.
- Analyze data.
- Report findings for specific audiences.
- Complete a needs assessment.
- Understand and use evaluation results.
Contact Whitney Meredith, evaluation specialist, with questions.