Basic Evaluation Tools and Resources

There are many, many resources available on the web to help people conduct program evaluation. It can be somewhat overwhelming to wade through them all. To make the process simpler, we have highlighted a few key documents. These items offer basic information and guidance for different aspects of conducting evaluation. 

Evaluation Planning

Logic Models/Theories of Change

  • Logic Model Development Guide by W.K. Kellogg Foundation
    This guide provides useful and simple ideas for creating both logic models and theory of change models. It provides helpful examples, a variety of templates, and checklists to ensure all needed information is included. It provides an approach that is both useful and flexible. 
  • BFRDP Logic Model Diagram by GREW
    This document was developed as part of an evaluation of the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). It highlights the many possible components that can go into programs that train beginning farmers and ranchers. This document can be used for developing logic models for evaluation or project development. 
  • The Netway by Cornell University
    This online software tool provides a template for evaluation plans and provides interactive features to create a logic model and theory of change. 

Data Collection

  • Methods for Data Collection by Better Evaluation
    This page highlights several types of data collection strategies - the usual suspects and more innovative or creative ones. The methods are categorized by those that work with individuals and groups. They also have a link or two to guides to help you use them. 

Data Analysis

  • We Did it Ourselves: An Evaluation Guidebook by SRI International
    This guidebook provides step-by-step instructions on how to design and carry out an evaluation, with a specific section on, “Analysis: What to Do with All These Data?,” that provides guidance on both qualitative and quantitative evaluation data analysis. 

Evaluation Reporting and Use

  • Develop Reporting Media by Better Evaluation
    This webpage provides ideas for different report formats including options for reports by writing, presenting at events, developing presentation materials, and providing creative or interactive methods of communicating the findings. 

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