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December 12, 2011
Afterschool Evaluation 101: How to Evaluate an Expanded Learning Program
To enhance future versions of the guide, we are seeking out-of-school time/expanded learning program directors to pilot Afterschool Evaluation 101.
Afterschool Evaluation 101 is a how-to guide for conducting an evaluation. It is designed to help out-of-school time (OST) program directors who have little or no evaluation experience develop an evaluation strategy. The guide will walk you through the early planning stages, help you select the evaluation design and data collection methods that are best suited to your program, and help you analyze the data and present the results.
Evaluation helps your OST program measure how successfully it has been implemented and how well it is achieving its goals. You can do this by comparing the activities you intended to implement and the outcomes you intended to accomplish to the activities you actually implemented and the outcomes you actually achieved.
This toolkit stresses the need to create a larger evaluation strategy to guide your evaluation plans. An evaluation strategy involves developing a well-thought out plan for evaluating your program, with the goal of incorporating the lessons learned from the evaluation into program activities. As part of this larger strategy, evaluation is not viewed merely as a one-time event to demonstrate results, but instead as an important part of an ongoing process of learning and continuous improvement. This toolkit will walk you through creating an evaluation strategy, planning an evaluation, and working with evaluation data.
Afterschool Evaluation 101 is structured in a series of nine steps:
Recognizing the benefits of learning and continuous improvement, we view Afterschool Evaluation 101 as a work in progress and have called it “Version 1.0” as a result. We welcome feedback about your experience using the toolkit and any other improvements you would like to see in a future version. Please direct your feedback to Erin Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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