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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 4: Select Evaluator

Guideline: Project size, evaluation purpose, and available resources impact whether internal staff members have the means to conduct the program evaluation or whether engaging an external evaluator is warranted. When selecting an evaluator give thought to the advantages/disadvantages of internal versus external evaluators. With an external evaluator it is important to know their experience as well as the cost of their services. Regardless of the path selected, the evaluator should be part of the evaluation team comprised of applicable internal staff members and stakeholders. Prior to proceeding with the evaluation the organization should determine which approach seems most suited for its needs and the resources.



Guiding Principles for Evaluators

Approved by the American Evaluation Association membership these principles guide the professional practice of evaluators, and inform evaluation clients and the general public about the principles they can expect to be upheld by professional evaluators.

Selecting and Managing an Evaluation Consultant or Team

This guideline authored by the International Development Research Centre provides ideas and suggestions for selecting and managing an evaluation consultant or evaluation team.


Hiring an Evaluator

This National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention Education Development Center brief summaries the issues associated with hiring an external evaluator.

When and How to Use External Evaluators

This report, produced by The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers and funded by the Casey Foundation's Funders Evaluation Initiative, is designed for program officers who may be asked to advise grantees about contracting an external evaluator.

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.