ERIC Number: ED476492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Community Projects. NIACE Lifelines in Adult Learning.
This document presents practical guidelines for evaluating community-based adult leaning projects in the United Kingdom to document their impacts. The guide provides frameworks, terms of reference, examples of methods used by community-based projects, ways of demonstrating project impact, and a range of evaluation tools. Sections 1 through 10 discuss the following topics: the purposes of evaluation; key concepts in evaluation; getting starting and planning the evaluation process; internal monitoring; external monitoring; evaluation approaches and tools; making a difference; qualitative indicators; building in sustainability; and spreading the word. The following are among the 10 essentials of facilitating good evaluation practice that are listed in Section 11: (1) agree on the evaluation's purpose; (2) include evaluation in the project budget; (3) consider what can be achieved through internal monitoring and evaluation and how an external monitor can best complement that activity; (4) ensure the terms of reference given to the evaluator will support the project's development; (5) agree on milestones with the evaluator so that interim reports contribute to ongoing project reviews; and (6) treat evaluation reports as living documents for the project team and other stakeholders to exploit as valuable resources. A brief glossary and list of suggestions for further reading, resources, and World Wide websites are included. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Programs, Check Lists, Community Education, Community Programs, Definitions, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, Information Dissemination, Outcomes of Education, Performance Factors, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Effectiveness, Summative Evaluation
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, Renaissance House, 20 Princess Road West, Leicester LE1 6TP, United Kingdom. Web site: http://www.niace.org.uk (6.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom