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Evaluation

Evaluation is a critical component of a science-based approach. Evaluation helps to:

  • Determine whether or not the program is actually doing what it was intended to do
  • Discover new knowledge about the program and its activities
  • Recognize problem areas and strengthen the program in the future
  • Meet requirements for funding and expansion
  • Determine changes in knowledge, attitude and behavior among participants in the program

Everything completed up to this point will help to create an evaluation plan. The BDI logic model is a summary of the program and will serve as a road map to evaluation. The activities in the logic model will help to develop a process evaluation and the behaviors and determinants will help to develop an outcome evaluation. Administering pre- and post-tests and/or conducting focus groups are ways of capturing this type of information.

Read more about program evaluation basics here.