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Program and project evaluation are designed to provide evidence of whether or not the original intent of a program or project is being achieved. Three of the most common types of evaluation include Goal-Based, Process-Based, and Outcomes-Based evaluation. Each serving a specific purpose to determine...

  • (a) Effectiveness: Did the desired effect occur?
  • (b) Improvement: How can we identify what worked well and what should be done differently?
  • (c) Impact: What value-added changes occurred as a result of the program or project?

To provide evidence of effectiveness, improvement, or impact, a well-designed evaluation must include the development and communication of goals, objectives, outcomes, performance criteria, and rubrics. Together these help shape the design of tools and measures necessary to gather appropriate and purposeful data, determine what analyses should be performed, what interpretations of the analyses are relevant to the program’s intent, and what needs to be recommended to enhance success.