An evaluation framework for community health programs
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An evaluation framework for community health programs

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    This document presents a framework that emphasizes program evaluation as a practical and ongoing process that involves program staff, community members, as well as evaluation experts. The overall goal of the framework is to help guide and inform the evaluation process. The document is not a comprehensive manual on how
to conduct program evaluation. There are already many excellent resources that meet the technical aspects of program evaluation. Instead, the framework promotes a common understanding of program evaluation. It provides
a conceptual roadmap that can be adapted to a variety
of settings and within many different groups and communities. The framework may also help individuals or groups with little formal training or experience in program evaluation enter
into the evaluation decision-making processes, including consultation with professional evaluators. The framework is intended to help those involved in program evaluation address the following six questions [Guiding Questions for Program Evaluation]: 1. Who is the evaluation for?; 2. What program are we evaluating?; 3. What methods will we use in conducting our evaluation?; 4. How will we gather and analyze information that is credible and in what forms?; 5. How will we justify our conclusions?; 6. How can we be assured that what we learn will be used? The framework also addresses the quality of evaluation by asking the question: Will the evaluation be a good evaluation? In evaluation terms, standards convey quality and include four key areas to consider [Four Standards of Program Evaluation]: 1. Utility (Is the evaluation useful?); 2. Feasibility (Is the evaluation viable and practical?); 3. Propriety (Is the evaluation ethical?); 4. Accuracy (Is the evaluation correct?). Program evaluators view these four standards as the initial yardstick by which to judge the quality of program evaluation efforts.

    Produced by the Center for the Advancement of Community Based Public Health: Quinton E. Baker ... [et al.]. Based on: Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Community Tool Box: a Framework for Program Evaluation (University of Kansas).

    Includes bibliographical references (p. 66-67).

    Supported in part by CDC Cooperative Agreement No. U48/CCU409664 - 07 awarded to the University of South Carolina.

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