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Evaluation Planning:

Evaluation Design

Webinar 29: Evaluation Design

Wilder Research, 2014-03 — March 2014: This webinar gives an overview of different evaluation models and their benefits and challenges. Considerations for each model are walked through to help you make a thoughtful evaluation plan.

Assessing community needs and readiness

Wilder Research, 2014 — A toolkit for working with communities to determine the most appropriate approaches for assessing community needs and readiness.

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.

ATOD Community Readiness Survey

MN Department of Human Services, 2010 — A tool developed by the MN Department of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, for measuring community readiness for ATOD prevention efforts, as well as an article describing the validation of the tool.

Choosing the right questions: Tips for conducting program evaluation

Wilder Research, 2009 — Outlines different types of evaluation questions to consider and provides guidelines for weighing priorities.

Evaluation on a shoestring budget

Wilder Research, 2009 — Tip sheet describing approaches to evaluation based on differing levels of resource availability. From Wilder Research program evaluation workshop series held on November 13, 2009 at Wilder Center.

Evaluation Support Website

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension , 2009 — This website was created to provide concrete resources for increasing the evaluation capacity of CYFAR programs. There is information on evaluation design, data collection, analyisis, presentation and ethics. It also includes a logic model building tool, survey building tool and several interactive learning modules. You need to register for a free account to use the logic model and survey builders.

Finding Funds: Sources and tips

Wilder Research, 2009 — This tip sheet will help you show your potential funders their investment is a good one. Provides suggestions for writing your proposal, including common proposal weaknesses, using data to make your case, allocating for evaluation, and a list of funding resources to get you started.

Obtaining informed consent

Wilder Research, 2009 — Defines informed consent and introduces different types of consent. Samples of student, passive parent, and active parental consent forms are provided.

Program evaluation: Essential tips for doing it right

Wilder Research, 2008 — Identifies important things to consider when planning an evaluation, including what you hope to accomplish and choosing the most appropriate information gathering strategies.

Writing good surveys: Tips for conducting program evaluation

Wilder Research, 2007 — Provides recommendations for developing and using surveys. Addresses issues such as question order, writing effective questions, and formatting, plus provides tips on getting a good response rate.

Gathering Information: Tips for conducting program evaluation

Wilder Research, 2006 — Tip sheet for developing a data collection plan, including the advantages and disadvantages of various collection methods.

Key outcome indicators for evaluating comprehensive tobacco control programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2005 — Provides information on 120 key outcome indicators for evaluation of statewide comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs. Each indicator is accompanied by a definition, example data sources and measures, and expert panel ratings.

Who wants to know: Tips for involving stakeholders in your program evaluation

Wilder Research, 2005 — Presents information to help identify, communicate and work effectively with your program’s stakeholders to ensure that they receive the information they want from your evaluation.

CSAP Evaluation for the Unevaluated: Program Evaluation 101

SAMHSA CSAP, 2003 — This e-learning tutorial will help you understand what program evaluation is, why it is important, and how to find a good evaluator. The modules discuss types of evaluation projects, evaluation tasks, and preparation for conducting evaluations.

CSAP Evaluation for the Unevaluated: Program Evaluation 102

SAMHSA CSAP, 2003 — This e-learning tutorial will introduce statistical concepts and explain how evaluation results are used. Good evaluations are essential to effective programs and the future of your prevention program. The tutorial also describes special challenges in evaluating prevention programs.

Engaging stakeholders

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001 — This chapter from the Introduction to Program Evaluation for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs identifies potential stakeholders specific to tobacco use prevention and control and discusses the role of stakeholders in an 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.

Collecting evaluation data: an overview of sources and methods

University of Wisconsin-Extension, 1996 — Describes sources of evaluation information and methods for collecting information about an evaluation.

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.

Evaluating program outcomes

Child Welfare Information Gateway, No Date — Provides links to information and resources to help at various stages of the evaluation process. Topics include evaluating program outcomes, planning for evaluation, evaluation design, collecting and analyzing data, and using evaluation results.