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ERIC Number: ED499613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Five Steps for Selecting an Evaluator: A Guide for Out-of-School Time Practitioners. Part 2 in a Series on Practical Evaluation Methods. Research-to-Results Brief. Publication # 2007-32
Bronte-Tinkew, Jacinta; Joyner, Krystle; Allen, Tiffany
Child Trends
This brief describes different types of evaluations and sets forth five steps for selecting an evaluator that can benefit a program in the long run. It also provides some tips on the cost of evaluations. Evaluation refers to "the process of acquiring and assessing information to provide useful feedback about a program or program activity." Evaluations use systematic methods for collecting, analyzing, and using information to answer basic questions about program implementation and effectiveness. Different types of evaluations may be conducted depending on the goal of the evaluation and the aspect of the program being evaluated. With the selection of a qualified and efficient evaluator, whether internal or external, a program can receive feedback that will help in making informed decisions about the overall direction of the program, as well as feedback on specific activities and procedures. The process of choosing an evaluator requires the assistance and cooperation of staff, board members, and administrators. Regardless of the type of evaluation being conducted, each method can provide insights that can benefit both the program and those being served. (Contains 37 endnotes.) [This publication is sponsored by The Atlantic Philanthropies.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.
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