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Section 1. Measuring Success: Evaluating Comprehensive Community Initiatives

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