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Program Evaluation Research
Program Evaluation is a practical, scientific way of collating information about projects, programs and policies; particularly about their expected result and effectiveness. Program Evaluation is the assessment of activities that are designed to perform specific tasks within a specific period of time.
For example, the United Nations World Food Program is designed to eradicate hunger and malnutrition around the world. In Nigeria, they support displaced people living in camps by providing them with food. A Program Evaluation study on this program would identify whether the process they are using is effective, how many people are utilizing this program, the impact the program is having, the benefits of the program and how the program can be improved.
Program Evaluation provides you with insight on the
- needs your program will address
- stakeholders who need to be a part of the program
- what success means for your program
- outcomes your program desires to achieve
- activities needed to meet your desired outcomes
- relationships between your activities and outcomes.
There are four types of Program Evaluation which determines the way the Evaluation is conducted and ensures it is focused on its main goals
- Formative Evaluation also known as Early Stage Evaluation measures the goals, processes, progress and implementation of the program. This is done early on in the program to ensure the program will reach its desired outcomes based on its activities.
- Process Evaluation is also done in the beginning stages but focuses solely on the processes. It assesses the activities and processes associated with the program to ensure that it is being implemented effectively and will be completed on time.
- Summative Evaluation is usually done at the end of the evaluation process. It is done to assess the outcomes, impact, effectiveness and achievements of the program. It reveals whether the program did what it was designed to do.
- Outcome evaluation is also done at the end of the evaluation process. It reveals the outcomes, impact, effectiveness and achievements of the program; those that were anticipated and any other that may arise. It reveals the outcomes which were attained on the program participants and environment.
In selecting which type of Program Evaluation to conduct ensure you pay attention to the purpose, objectives and priorities of your program.
With the data generated from your Program Evaluation, you can
- identify ways to improve program’s activities
- prepare program reports
- plan for the sustainability of the program
- learn more about the environment and target population of your program
- position your organization for obtaining funds
- plan for other programs.
Contact Versa Research today to help your evaluate your programs so as to give you facts to present to your stakeholders and for your marketing & communications.