Program Evaluation Planning

Program Evaluation September 21, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Planning is an important part of program evaluation. Proper planning efforts include outlining the purpose of the evaluation and specifying end-users of the results. Selecting indicators is also part of the planning process and logic models and other evaluation planning tools are used to facilitate mapping out intended program outcomes. Evaluation design decisions are made during the planning process. Data collection methods and procedures are recorded. Good planning activities also involve making project timelines, a list of task responsibilities, and an evaluation budget.

Top Frequently Asked Questions for Planning

What general considerations are important in developing evaluation questions?

What is a program evaluation purpose statement?

How can I use US Census and other existing data to evaluate program outcomes?

How do I evaluate collaborative efforts?

When is hiring an outside evaluator recommended?  

What is a goal and what is an objective?  

How do you determine which data to collect?  

How do you determine the program evaluation purpose?  

What are the steps in planning and conducting an evaluation?  

How can I demonstrate the worth of a program when it cannot be measured in economic terms?  

What does it mean to focus an evaluation?  

How do you plan a focus group study?  

How do you design a program evaluation?  

What are the challenges of conducting program evaluation?  

What are the benefits of conducting program evaluation?  

How do I gain skills so that I can conduct program evaluations?  

How do I choose outcomes for my program?  

What is the Bennett’s Level of Evidence model?  

What is program logic?  

When should you plan an evaluation?  

What is an outcome?  

What are the components of an Extension program logic model?  

Why should I evaluate my program?  

Do I have to evaluate every Extension program I conduct?  

What is an outcome objective?  

How is a program logic model related to program evaluation?  

When should you conduct an Extension program evaluation?  

What is the difference between short-term, intermediate, and long-term outcomes?  

What is an input?

What is an output?  

What is the difference between program inputs and program outcomes?  

What are some key evaluation terms?  

What are some keys to successful program evaluation?  

How do you develop the questions for a program evaluation?  

What are program outcome indicators?  

How is program planning related to program evaluation?  

How is evaluation different from research?  

What is program evaluation?

Do I need to get Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to collect evaluation data?  

What is a summative evaluation?


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