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Evaluation is a way of thinking, so what kinds of thinking skills can evaluators teach to program staff?

Evaluation is a way of thinking, so what kinds of thinking skills can evaluators teach to program staff?

Yes, this post is based on the assumption that evaluators are responsible for teaching new skills to the people who fund, manage, and run social programs. Capacity building is a big part of my role as an internal evaluator, and I’m a big proponent of utilization-focused evaluation. Do…

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Are evaluators responsible for making sure that results get used to improve programs?

Are evaluators responsible for making sure that results get used to improve programs?

Are evaluators responsible for making sure that evaluation results are used by those funding the program or running the program? Or, should evaluators focus on providing results? Does our responsibility end once the results are disseminated? This is something I’ve been thinking about for years,…

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How do you know the evaluation is working?

How do you know the evaluation is working?

Evaluators are funny people. We like to evaluate everything, from programs, to ourselves, to our own evaluations. I often ask myself, “How do I know my evaluation is working?” As an internal evaluator in a DC youth center, one of my tasks is to create…

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When building a logic model, how important is formatting?

When building a logic model, how important is formatting?

Formatting is not important! When building a logic model, the process itself is more valuable than the finished product. Logic models help you visualize what you’re doing (“activities”) and the goals for your program (short-term, medium-term, and long-term “outcomes”). Most importantly, logic models help you explain the…

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Logic models are the heart of program evaluation

Logic models are the heart of program evaluation

One of our youth center’s talented staff members is considering evaluation as a career. She’s approached me a few times and asked to volunteer on evaluation projects. What type of project can you give a novice evaluator? Data analysis? Writing a report? Conducting a focus group?…

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