Program Evaluation

Definition: Ongoing program evaluation that includes analysis of post-school outcomes is used for community needs assessment and program improvement.

Program evaluation essentials

  • The NTACT Evaluation Toolkit, updated in 2016, helps you determine what is important to stakeholders, what needs to be measured, what is feasible to measure, how to measure these items, and how to report, disseminate, and use evaluation findings. It is an 838 page PDF – after you download it, you may to look over the Table of Contents online and print what is most helpful.

Student & family participation

Consider cultural sensitivity when you design an evaluation. Interesting blog article on social justice in evaluation from the American Evaluation Association. Social justice is about power – who has it, who doesn’t. Evaluators need to understand their own sense of power and privilege as they enter into a community or program.