What is evaluation?
___You understand that evaluating means determining the value of your work
What are some objections to evaluation and how can you resolve those objections?
___"I don't know how to do an evaluation."
- Use a resource such as the Community Tool Box to find guide once the steps you should take to plan and implement the evaluation, and use the results.
___"I don't have time."
- Although it is true that evaluation takes time, it will save time in the long run, by pointing out potential problems before they become disasters
___"The results may be negative or hurt us."
- If you begin evaluating early, you should be able to prevent any major problems
- If you do find problems, you can use that to improve the quality of your program
Why should you evaluate your program?
___Success is reinforcing
___Failure is instructive
___Evaluation can make you feel good
___Evaluation raises the chances of further action
___Evaluation can help you understand important aspects of the initiative
___You should evaluate your initiative when your plan is in action, or when some of your plans have been completed
How should you do an evaluation?
___You want to evaluate
___You have evaluated in terms of objectives or goals
___You have identified criteria or indicators that will provide ways to measure your objectives
___You have collected data on each of these indicators
___You have used the results to adjust the program or intervention as necessary