Why Program Evaluation is Important

Program evaluation lets you know whether or not the time and effort you are putting in to your programs is worth it. There are two kinds of evaluation that programs typically use:

  • Collecting information from all the important stakeholders about how to improve your class or program (formative evaluation). This can be done informally, but there are two key factors: 1) Hear from a variety of individuals 2) Call upon individuals that represent your target audience.

  • Collecting information to learn if you have achieved your intended outcomes (summative evaluation). Typically, programs will employ a survey as well as some interviews or, perhaps, a focus group to gather evaluation data.

Some resources to make evaluation easy for you: