Program Evaluation


Using the information on page 261 in FSW, students will explore the purpose for conducting a program evaluation by examining the reasons for initiating the evaluation. Using the program outlined on the first assignment, students are to address the questions on pages 261-262 under the following headings: purpose, users and use of the evaluation, program description, program logic or theory, resources and timeframe and relevant contextual issues.

Students should attempt to address most of the questions listed under each heading in a concise yet substantive manner. The paper must conclude with a well-crafted purpose statement and will follow APA guidelines.

The paper must also include a one-page logic model describing the program you plan to evaluate.

Program Evaluation

This first assignment requires students to compare and contrast evaluation approaches as described in Fitzpatrick, Sanders & Worthen  (2011; FSW hereafter). On page 123 of FSW the authors classify several evaluation approaches into four categories based on the identification of essential factors that guide the evaluation. Each of these approaches is then expanded in subsequent chapters.

Select 2 of these evaluation approaches (these can be under the same factor or under a different factor) and compare and contrast these 2 approaches. Identify the essential common elements of each approach as well as the key differences between these.

Also, identify a program that could be evaluated (ideally, this should be the program the student intends to evaluate as part of the Strategic Research Project), and using the definition of “program” provided on page 8 of FSW will provide a brief description of the program; in addition, using one of these evaluation approaches, explain why the approach is a “best fit” to evaluate the program in question.