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Evaluation Background:

Evaluation Basics

Program Evaluation for Problem Gambling Services

Problem Gambing Institute of Ontario, No Date — This site includes a toolkit of evaluation information, reports, and screening tools that can be used to assess and evaluate problem gambling services.

Evaluation Flash Cards: Embedding evaluative thinking in organizational culture

Otto Bremer Foundation, 2013 — A series of one-page tip sheets about a variety of evaluation topics, including: Evaluative Thinking, Evaluation Questions, Logic Models, Theory of Change, Dosage, SMART Goals, Distinguishing Outcomes from Indicators, Performance Targets, Qualitative Evaluation, Types of Evaluation, Fidelity and Adaptation, High-Quality Lessons Learned, Evaluation Quality Standards, Evaluation Reporting, Utilization-Focused Evaluation, and Distinguishing Different Kinds of Evidence.

Evaluation Basics: An E-Learning Course

Wilder Research and InCommons, 2011 — This e-learning tool takes you through 5 essential steps of evaluation, and includes interactive activities to test your knowledge.

Introduction to evaluation

University of Kansas, 2009 — Internet-based guide defining the basics of evaluation. Rich with links to examples, related topics, and tools and checklists.

Evaluation primer: Setting the context for a community anti-drug coalition evaluation

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, 2008 — Provides the basic tools to develop a comprehensive evaluation plan and create and implement a local evaluation.

Introduction to evaluation research

Research Methods Knowledge Base, 2006 — Website that briefly introduces evaluation goals, strategies, types, and methods.

The 2002 user-friendly handbook for project evaluation

National Science Foundation, 2002 — Basic guide to evaluation for those who want to learn about what evaluation can do and how to do an evaluation. The report is divided into four major sections: evaluation and types of evaluation, the steps in doing an evaluation, an overview of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, and strategies that address culturally responsive evaluation.

Introduction to program evaluation for comprehensive tobacco control programs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001 — This guide for planning and implementing evaluation activities includes information on planning, engaging stakeholders, evaluation design, and using findings.

Framework for program evaluation in public health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1999 — Practical online tool designed to summarize and organize essential elements of program evaluation. The report summarizes the elements of program evaluation, clarifies the steps in program evaluation, reviews standards for effective evaluation, and addresses misconceptions regarding the purposes and methods of program evaluation.

Framework for program evaluation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1999 — Presents the steps in program evaluation practice and standards for effective evaluation.

Evaluation handbook

W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 1998 — This often-cited resource provides a framework for thinking about evaluation and outlines a blueprint for designing and conducting evaluations, either independently or with the support of an external evaluator/consultant.

Understanding evaluation: The Way to better prevention programs

Westat, Inc., 1993 — Describes the "how and why" of program evaluation and outlines the steps involved, working from the premise that many useful evaluations can be conducted by program staff who may not have formal training in evaluation.

Prevention plus III: Assessing alcohol and other drug prevention programs at the school and community level: A Four-step guide to useful program assessment

Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration, 1991 — Describes a step-by-step approach to assessing alcohol and other drug prevention programs. Includes examples, worksheets, and explanation of concepts.

List of online evaluation resources

American Evaluation Association, No Date — Website that features an extensive number of links to Internet resources in nearly 20 categories including evaluation blogs, discussion lists, data analysis software, and scientifically based evaluation methods.

Online evaluation toolkit

University of Wisconsin-Extension Service, No Date — Website that provides numerous links to fact sheets and guides on all aspects of evaluation developed by the University of Wisconsin-Extension Service plus some outside resources.

Types of evaluation

Minnesota Department of Health, No Date — Briefly defines five different types of evaluation, including: process, impact, outcomes, formative and summative.