Evaluate programs

Process evaluation

Process evaluation explores the implementation process of a program. This approach is useful to evaluate program activities and identify any necessary improvements or changes.

Suggested uses

Process evaluation can help you to:

Questions addressed by a process evaluation might include:

Planning and implementation

The most effective process evaluations begin when a program begins, therefore plan the evaluation when a program is in development stages. Process evaluation ideally is an ongoing process, involving planning, data gathering, and analysis. One way to facilitate implementation is to use the program evaluation process featured on this website.

It is particularly important to spend time planning your evaluation to make sure it focuses on the most critical questions you wish to answer. Follow the program evaluation planning steps to help focus your evaluation and use the appropriate data gathering techniques.


~FAST Tex program evaluation reports for 2004 and 2005

Additional information

McNamara, C. (1998). Basic guide to program evaluation. Retrieved November 28, 2006 from http://www.mapnp.org/library/evaluatn/fnl_eval.htm

Russ-Eft, D. and H. Preskill. (2001). Evaluation in Organizations: A systematic approach to enhancing learning, performance, and change. New York: Basic Books.

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