Resource Category: Evaluation Resource Summaries

What is Program Evaluation?

There are probably as many definitions of “program evaluation” or “evaluation research” as there are program evaluators. One of the most commonly used definitions is offered by  Michael Quinn Patton, “Program evaluation is the systematic collection and analysis of information about program activities, characteristics, and outcomes to make judgments about the program, improve program effectiveness, and/or inform decisions about future programming” (Patton, 1997). Evaluation is an important tool that your organization can use to demonstrate its accountability, improve its performance, and showcase the impact your programs and services are making. Summary highlights are below. See the Evaluation Resources section for all options.

The Evaluation News blog covers our work within PAN and with organizations in the community.  Learn about different kinds of evaluation like Realist Evaluation, learn how other organizations are using evaluation approaches, meet evaluators on the job, and find out about how you can help in community evaluation. Explore in detail:  Evaluation News blog Evaluation… Read more »

Evaluation can help guide your organization or group to make decisions about programs, services, research, and more. Participatory research is just what it sounds like- people and communities take part in decision-making about what is evaluated, rather than being told what they “should” evaluate. Community is central to evaluation work and we can help you… Read more »