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
Outcomes evaluation can help you to:
- Demonstrate program effectiveness
- Evaluate instruction
- Understand the impact of program changes
- Assess curriculum and make changes
- Advise students with a set of learning outcomes
- Prepare for accreditation [more]
Basic characteristics of outcomes-based evaluation in an instructional setting:
- Student learning outcomes are the focus of evaluation
- It is a continual process, not a one-time evaluation
- It should be implemented holistically
What are Student Learning Outcomes?
- A measure of students’ progress
- What students are expected to know (knowledge), think (attitudes), and be able to do (skills) by the end of designated time as a result of their educational experiences
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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