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Designing evaluations

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.

  1. Describing the program to be evaluated by creating a program logic – a diagram, listing resources, activities and intended goals
  2. Formulating the evaluation questions and criteria for success – using the program logic, determine what the evaluation needs to find out
  3. Deciding on the evaluation methods – the evaluation questions will determine what data is needed and how it can be sourced
  4. Collecting and analysing data – once the data is gathered, detailed analysis  will provide evidence to answer the evaluation questions
  5. 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.

For more information on how we can help you with your evaluations, please contact evaluation.spim@det.nsw.edu.au.

Visit the following pages for more information on the 3 ways the Evaluation team can assist with evaluations.

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