Regular evaluation of department programs improves ongoing effectiveness and efficiency of programs, policies and processes. Quality evaluations involve careful planning, implementation, analysis of data and reporting the findings.
There are 5 steps involved in designing an effective evaluation.
- Describing the program to be evaluated by creating a program logic – a diagram, listing resources, activities and intended goals
- Formulating the evaluation questions and criteria for success – using the program logic, determine what the evaluation needs to find out
- Deciding on the evaluation methods – the evaluation questions will determine what data is needed and how it can be sourced
- Collecting and analysing data – once the data is gathered, detailed analysis will provide evidence to answer the evaluation questions
- Reporting – the final step is reporting the evaluation findings to inform future strategies or program activities. Reporting does not necessarily require a written report, but may include less formal presentations to program owners and stakeholders.
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