Using the Best Practice Model for Evaluation

The “Best Practice Model for Evaluation“, plus a brief background and references, were presented elsewhere. It is offered again here with columns added to facilitate using it as:

  • A self-assessment tool for your program’s evaluation process
  • A planning tool to map needed evaluation improvement steps.

© By Barry Sweeny, 2010

Steps in the Process: Check When Done Improvement Plan Details
1. Set the Purpose and Goals for the evaluation
2. Identify the Audiences for the data
3. Define the Indicators of success for each audience
4. Check the Alignment(Relevance) of each indicator to program goals
5. Develop evaluation parameters – what you will and will not do
6. Determine the Scope of the evaluation process
7. Organize the indicators by Data Type:

  • Reactions (survey attitudes)
  • Learning (self-assessment/test)
  • Behavior (observe extent of use)
  • Needs Assessment (obstacles? needs?)
  • Results (effectiveness, gains)
8. State the evaluation Questions
9. Refine the evaluation questions for:

  • Measurability
  • Feasibility
  • Clarity
  • Validity & Fairness
  • Consensus
10. Select How to Collect the data:

  • Method
  • Design/Select Instrument
  • Need to Validate instrument?
11. List the evaluation Implementation Plan:

  • List the Activities
  • Set the Time Line
  • Decide the Persons Responsible
12. Estimate the Cost of the evaluation
13. Gain Approval to do the Evaluation Plan
14. Collect the Data
15. Analyze and Interpret the data
16. Evaluate the evaluation process
17. Report the conclusions & offer recommendations
18. Develop improvement priorities and targets
19. Develop a program improvement plan