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The Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation

This manual is written for program managers and contains tips, worksheets, and samples to provide information to help you understand each step of the evaluation process. This edition explains what program evaluation is, why evaluation is important, how to conduct an evaluation and understand the results, how to report evaluation findings, and how to use evaluation results to improve programs that benefit children and families.

Most Relevant Sections:

Phase II: Planning and Infrastructure

  • Pages 8-9: Outline of the basic evaluation steps
  • Pages 30-41: Outlines the steps to prepare for an evaluation (Chapter 5)
  • Pages 42-43: Sample logic model and logic model worksheet
  • Pages 44-45: Sample and worksheet for describing implementation objectives in measurable terms
  • Pages 46-47: Sample and worksheet for describing participant outcome objectives
  • Pages 59-61: Sample outline for an evaluation plan

Phase III: Data Collection and Reporting

  • Pages 74-75: Sample data collection plan
  • Page 76: Worksheet for developing a data collection plan
  • Page 86: Sample table for analyzing information on implementation objectives
  • Pages 90-95: Sample outline for a final evaluation report

Published by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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