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Program Evaluation KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Program Evaluation KnowledgeBase is an online resource aiding education professionals in understanding the basics of project evaluation in order to properly assess projects and programs. It is organized around three elements to assist educators with their program evaluation.

Task 2: Determine Evaluation Purpose

Guideline:  Establishing the evaluation's purpose or intent gives direction to the evaluation team as to how the evaluation should be conducted. Having a specific purpose alleviates pre-mature decision making which might push the evaluation off target.



Critical Questions

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook includes a list of five questions the foundation suggests are critical for all evaluation plans to consider over the life cycle of a project.


Goals, Objectives, and Activities

This document summarizes the key elements of well-written goals, objectives, and activities. The document includes a link to the Performance Objectives Worksheet, which is a guide on writing objectives.

Program Evaluation Standards

This link is to program evaluation standards published by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation.



Defining the Evaluation's Purpose

This program evaluation guidance from the Centers for Disease Control suggests four general purposes for conducting evaluations. Though intended for the public health environment the content may be of interest to educators.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and are intended for general reference purposes only. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education or the Center, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Some resources on this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader. This website archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.