Program Evaluation

The Importance of Program Evaluation

Program evaluation lets you prove that your program, organization, or agency is changing your community for the better. It lets you show that you are improving lives through victim services. Evaluating your program should be important to you, your staff, your stakeholders, your funders, your clients, your community, and your elected officials.

Below are some resources that can help you get started.

Follow this link to see the slides and follow along to the recordings of Research to Practice Project webinars. Take a look at the Designing a Program Evaluation Webinar from September 28, 2017 or the Advanced Program Evaluation Webinar from October 17, 2017.

Follow the link to the CDC Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs Self Study Guide. This interactive guide will lead you through the six steps of designing and implementing a program evaluation.

Follow the link to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence Evidence Project’s Evaluation Tools website. This page features a listing of relevant toolkits, manuals, and data collection tools to help you evaluate your program. A number of these tools and strategies have been validated by research scientists or developed by leading experts in evaluation and victim services.

The University of Wisconsin Extension offers a number of Logic Model templates, examples, worksheets, and research to help your program design a logic model for your program evaluation or grant application.


Research to Practice Project Staff recommend these books for deeper study:

  • Health Program Planning and Evaluation by L. Michele Issel, 2nd Edition (c) 2009, Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
  • Practical Program Evaluation: Theory-Driven Evaluation and the Integrated Evaluation Perspective. by Huey T. Chen, 2nd Edition (c) 2014, Sage Publications.

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