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

  • NSTTAC Team Planning Tool for Improving Transition Education and Services (PDF, 29 pages, 2015). Planning tool for school–community teams to review and plan their strategies for implementing transition-focused education.
  • 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.

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.