Program Evaluation Basics
Evaluation can be a really useful and informative process for programs, because it provides data-based information on how a program or service is doing and how it might improve. Because of this, evaluation is an essential activity in ensuring optimal programs and services. This evaluation primer is intended to serve as an introduction to the basics of program evaluation and to aid in planning program evaluations. An outline for conducting program evaluations will be presented, followed by a more detailed look at evaluation components. Further evaluation resources, such as samples of forms and suggested areas of further study, are included in relevant tables and appendices.