Planning for Meaningful Evaluation

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Improve your ability to plan for a project or program evaluation that is efficient and effective and can yield meaningful results. With this course, coastal professionals will increase their understanding of the evaluation process and gain knowledge that will help them communicate with evaluators and overcome common barriers to meaningful evaluation.

Participants will create a program or project evaluation plan by completing a series of planning templates that are designed to be useful upon return to the workplace.

You will learn how to

  • Determine the evaluation question
  • Create a context description relevant to the evaluation question
  • Identify logic model components appropriate to the evaluation question
  • Assess the plausibility of achieving outcomes using strategies from social science models
  • Identify influences that can help or hinder the evaluation
  • Create effective performance measures that support the evaluation question
  • Select appropriate data collection methods
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of an evaluation plan