HRSA describes this process as “the systematic (orderly) collection of information about the characteristics, activities, and outcomes of services or programs to assess the extent to which objectives have been achieved, identify needed improvements, and/or make decisions about future programming.” (HRSA, 1999)
What are the benefits of including Evaluation into your program?
Provides information for decision-making and planning
Helps your program stay on track
Fulfills grant and/or contract requirements
Improves program and service delivery
Can determine the cost effectiveness of your program
Helps you make budgetary decisions regarding your program
Provides evidence for program improvement and future funding
We provide a variety of services to assist you with monitoring & evaluating your program: 30-60 minute webinars on evaluation-related topics
2-page Technical Bulletins with in-depth information on necessary evaluation tools
Trainings on a variety of necessary evaluation tools
Individual capacity building services are also available for assistance specific to your program (topics covered have included: database management, evaluation planning, survey development, and more)
Evaluators need to have a wide toolset available to them in order to properly conduct an evaluation. Shared Action has a variety of resources on some of these tools and has selected quality resources outside of Shared Action in order to assist you in performing your own evaluation.
Training: Introduction to Program Evaluation (2 Day) This introductory training equips program managers and their staff with basic tools and skills needed to develop and implement effective evaluation of their HIV/AIDS programs and services. This training will present basic evaluation concepts, terminology, and a framework for conducting effective program evaluation and introduce skills in planning, designing, and implementing program evaluation. Training: 1-Day on using Formative Evaluation This training provides the basis for using formative evaluation to determine the HIV prevention needs of populations at highest risk for contracting or transmitting HIV. It also demonstrates how results of formative research is used to guide the selection as well as the adaptation of evidence-based interventions for the segments of the target population identified as being at highest risk.
Outside ResourcesBook: Evaluation (2nd Edition), by Carol Weiss Website: CDC Website for Program Evaluation
Training: Creating Logic Models (4 Hours) This workshop provides information about logic models to meet grant proposal requirements. It includes defining and creating logic models as well as information on logic models used for evaluation purposes.