This manual provides an overview of the evaluation process, with special considerations for programs funded by the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF). The text describes why evaluations are important and explains each step of the process, whether an outside evaluator is used or the evaluation is being conducted by in-house staff. Topics include: purpose, cost, types of evaluation teams, selecting and managing outside contractors, organizational preparation for the evaluation, evaluation plans, data collection, analysis, and reports. In general, program managers should determine a purpose for the evaluation, consider evaluation needs when designing the program, be an involved role model for staff, involve program staff in planning for the evaluation, recognize the time required by staff, and address ethical and cultural issues. The manual includes worksheets and sample program models, implementation objectives, participant outcome objectives, evaluation plan outline, informed consent form, data collection plan, data analysis, and final report outline. Companion handbooks that examine the specific issues involved in the four major ACYF program areas are also available. Document scanned.
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