Your governing or advisory board, external funders, and stakeholders are clamoring to know how you’ve spent your money and what good it has done. How do you evaluate the impact of your work and effectively communicate this to the people who care?
Fortunately, you are not alone! Resources are available to help you understand what effective evaluation can do for your program – and the complexities of carrying out good evaluation. Here are some excellent resources to help you learn about this important field.
- The Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation is a national committee which produce a set of “standards (that) support the core attributes of evaluation quality: utility, feasibility, propriety, accuracy, and accountability, and provide guidance to anyone interested in planning, implementing, or using program evaluations. http://www.jcsee.org/
- The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. eval.org
- Better Evaluation is an international collaboration to improve evaluation practice and theory by sharing information about options (methods or tools) and approaches. This is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing information about evaluation. http://betterevaluation.org
- National Science Foundation: has the well-used 2002 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02057/start.htm
- 2010 update on the 2002 printed handbook. http://www.westat.com/sites/westat.com/files/2010UFHB.pdf
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