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.
This form presents a short set of questions to answer prior to proceeding with the analysis of data. It is also good to consider any variances prior to preparing a report of findings.
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This checklist from the Learning Technology Dissemination Initiative's Evaluation Cookbook contains a series of suggested questions evaluators should ask themselves before they start analyzing data.
This American Statistical Association document encourages ethical and effective statistical work.
This resource describes in "plain English, some basic concepts in statistics that every writer should know."
This link to Part II Chapter 4 of the National Science Foundation's User-Friendly Handbook for Mixed Method Evaluations addresses analyzing qualitative data and offers practical advice for conducting such analysis.
This link is to the companion website to the book Just Plain Data Analysis authored by Gary Klass, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University. The website addresses research design, data collection, data analysis, and data presentation employed in empirical social science research.
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.