General Web Resources For Program/Project Evaluation
Program Planning And Evaluation Website from University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. Provides overviews, examples and links to resources for needs assessment, program planning, evaluation planning and more.
Penn State Extension Program Evaluation Includes nearly 100 “Tip Sheets” on a variety of evaluation topics (strength in data collection methods and sampling), webinars and downloadable PowerPoint presentations and more.
Program Development And Evaluation website from University of Wisconsin Extension provides information on Logic Models, priority setting, program planning, evaluation, reporting and more.
Evaluation Design Resources
The Pell Institute Evaluation Toolkit The first and most important step in conducting an evaluation is to develop a plan. The quality and utility of the findings and results are typically a direct byproduct of the amount of thought and time that is invested in the planning process. This website includes information on how to engage stakeholders, select an evaluator, build a logic model, design an effective evaluation, create an evaluation budget and more.
Selecting an Appropriate Design For An Evaluation The Community Toolbox outlines important considerations and steps for designing an evaluation plan. Specific design plans such as pre- and post- single group designs and control group designs are discussed.
Randomization In Evaluation From the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, this link discusses randomization as a possible element in the design of evaluation studies.
- Logic Model Defined Plus links to other resources from University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.
- Logic Model Templates
- Logic Model Examples (not for IPM) from University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.
- Online Self-Study Module: Enhancing Program Performance With The Logic Model from University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.
- Why Is IPM Evaluation Important? From IPM.gov.
- The Close Relationship Between Planning And Evaluation Effective planning must keep evaluation in mind, while effective evaluation is rooted in good planning. This page from IPM.gov diagrams the relationship between the two.
- Sample Logic Models And Outcomes For IPM From IPM.gov, this table links to 14 detailed examples of short-, medium, and long-term outcomes (the site uses the term “impact”), with possible measures for each. Examples span IPM for agricultural, residential and recreational environments. Or see a table summary of Example Measures For Outcomes And Impacts For IPM.
Identifying Measurement Indicators
USAID 2010. Selecting Performance Indicators. Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Tips, Number 6, Second Edition. United States Agency for International Development. http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/pnadw106.pdf
Data Collection Methods
Mertens, D.M. & A.T. Wilson. 2012. Program Evaluation Theory and Practice: A Comprehensive Guide. Chapter 10, Data Collection Strategies and Indicators. The Guilford Press, NY.
Taylor-Powell, E. & S. Steele. 1996. Collecting Evaluation Data: An Overview of Sources and Methods. University of Wisconsin Extension. http://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/G3658-4.pdf
Colosi, L. and R. Dunifon. 2006. What’s the Difference? “Post then Pre” & “Pre then Post”. Cornell University Cooperative Extension. http://www.human.cornell.edu/pam/outreach/parenting/research/upload/What-s-20the-20Difference-20Post-20then-20Pre-20and-20Pre-20then-20Post.pdf
An overview of evaluation methods and data collection methods from the University of Arizona Evaluation Methods.
Alreck P.L. & Settle, R.B. 2004. The Survey Research Handbook, Third Edition. McGraw Hill, Boston, MA. A valuable and practical resource on surveys from planning to implementation to data analysis, loaded with practical examples. The chapters on developing effective survey questions are particularly helpful.
Dillman, D.A. 2007. Mail and Internet Surveys: The Tailored Design Method, second edition. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ. Best strategies for how to increase survey response rates and detailed guidance on survey construction and implementation.
Qualitative Research Methods
Patton, M. Q. 2002. Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods (3rd ed.). Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA. Provides reader-friendly but theory-based guidance on many aspects and techniques of qualitative inquiry, including conducting interviews and observations.
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