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Outcome evaluation

Outcome evaluation helps determine the overall effects or outcomes of the program in relation to program objectives. This method may indicate whether the program objectives were met, and also includes any recommendations for improvement

Suggested uses

Outcomes evaluation can help you to:

Basic characteristics of outcomes-based evaluation in an instructional setting:

What are Student Learning Outcomes?

Implementation

Outcomes evaluation is an ongoing, cyclic process, involving planning, data gathering, and analysis. One way to facilitate implementation is to use a matrix (see below) that shows the whole process including how to apply results and implementing recommended changes. The column descriptions will help you better understand the process.

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Example

UT Austin outcomes assessment workshops for SACS accreditation

Additional information

Hernon, P., & Dugan, R.E. (Eds.). (2004). Outcomes assessment in higher education: Views and perspectives. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

Huba, M.E., & Freed, J.E. (2000). Learner-centered assessment on college campuses: Shifting the focus from teaching to learning. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Maki, P.L. (2004). Assessing for learning: Building a sustainable commitment across the institution. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

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