The Program Evaluation KnowledgeBase is an online resource aiding education professionals in understanding the basics of project evaluation in order to properly assess projects and programs. It is organized around three elements to assist educators with their program evaluation.
Guideline: Working with an evaluation team enables the project leader to broaden participation, optimize creativity, and create a better program evaluation than if one person designed the evaluation. Prior to forming the evaluation team the project leader should determine the team's role, establish membership criteria, and identify prospective members. With the pre-planning completed the prospective members will know what is being asked of them and have a basis to accept the invitation.
This checklist excerpted from the National School Boards Foundation's Education Leadership Toolkit contains six statements regarding characteristics that make effective team members.
Excerpted from the National School Boards Foundation's Education Leadership Toolkit, these guidelines offer a list of recommended behaviors for effective team participation.
Extracted from the W. K. Kellogg Evaluation Handbook the document offers an example on how to involve time constrained stakeholders in the evaluation process.
Purpose: Planning how to conduct a program evaluation is the essessential the first step. The preparatory thinking involves understanding the program being evaluated, organizing an evaluation team, and determining how to conduct the evaluation. Element 1 outlines the pre-planning tasks.
Purpose: Conducting the evaluation involves designing data collection so the analysis and interpretation will answer the questions the evaluation sets out to resolve. When developing and implementing the evaluation design be flexible to collect and analyze data from many perspectives. The collected data should be attentive to the evaluation questions. Element 2 outlines the tasks associated with implementing the evaluation.
Purpose: The evaluation's findings and recommendation have limited value unless they are shared with the stakeholders and utilized to improve the evaluated program. Using the results to improve the evaluated program and communicating with constituencies are activities that occur in parallel. Element 3 outlines the tasks associated with using the results.