Resources in this section provide an introduction to program evaluation and offer guidelines for managers for building an evaluation approach for their agencies or programs.
Agency-Based Program Evaluation
Baker & Charvat (2008)
In Research Methods in Child Welfare
Presents what to consider when preparing to conduct a program evaluation. The article reviews differences between formative and summative evaluations, and prospective and retrospective evaluations.
American Evaluation Association
Provides resources to help apply program evaluation. The site offers links to a collection of instruments and tools, online resources, and publications such as the American Journal of Evaluation, which requires membership.
Basic Guide to Program Evaluation
Adapted from Field Guide to Nonprofit Program Design, Marketing and Evaluation
Provides step-by-step guidance for planning and implementing an evaluation process for nonprofit or for-profit programs.
Evaluating Privatized Child Welfare Programs: A Guide for Program Managers
Supplies child welfare agency administrators and program managers with guidance on evaluating privatization initiatives. The guide highlights features of program evaluation and describes the tasks that ensure a successful and effective evaluation. (PDF - 214 KB)
Laying the Foundation: Tips for Conducting Program Evaluations (PDF - 173 KB)
Provides quarterly tip sheets designed for program managers and staff. Tip sheets list 12 steps for creating a solid evaluation, including: identifying key audiences and their needs, building a logic model, information collection procedures, and determining the best methods to share results.
The Program Evaluation Kit
Outlines a series of nine books written to guide practitioners in planning and managing evaluations.
SAMMIE: Successful Assessment Methods and Measurement in Evaluation
Ohio State University
Provides online training on all aspects of program evaluation through 22 modules. The site requires users to register and log in.