xCHANGE: Program Evaluation


Program evaluation is a type of research. In some cases, external researchers or evaluators conduct an evaluation of a sexual violence program or agency. In many organizations, practitioners conduct evaluation to check for program effectiveness, impact, and value. Both researchers and practitioners can learn from one another in order to conduct high quality program evaluation.

NSVRC Resources

Evaluating Sexual Violence Prevention Programs: Steps & Strategies for Preventionists
This web-based interactive course looks at the basics of evaluating sexual violence prevention programs.

Technical Assistance Guide and Resource Kit for Primary Prevention and Evaluation
This manual introduces basic concepts related to the primary prevention of sexual violence and includes basic steps for evaluating programs. Also see the elearning course Evaluating Sexual Violence Prevention Programs: Steps & Strategies for Preventionists.

Getting Started

The Evaluation of Campus-Based Gender Violence Prevention Programming: What We Know about Program Effectiveness and Implications for Practitioners
This paper examines available research on the effectiveness of gender-violence prevention programs at colleges and universities. Readers will see different models for programming and the practice implications of emerging research.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Guide to Evaluation Primers
This 43-page report looks at 11 handbooks and primers on program evaluation, all of which are meant for non-experts. Pages nine and 10 of the PDF can help users start to investigate handbooks that best match their comfort level with evaluation.

University of Kansas Community Tool Box
This in-depth website provides a number of tools for community-based organizations looking to increase their impact. See their graphic on evidence-based practices to learn more about effectiveness on an organizational level (start at “1” and click each box for more information), and use the “Solve a Problem” page to troubleshoot specific issues with a campaign or program.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook
Project directors who manage W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded projects are the key audience for this guide. But many other project managers can take away knowledge from this extensive handbook, which discusses preparing for an evaluation, designing and conducting an evaluation, and communicating findings and using results.

CDC Resources

CDC Program Evaluation Resource Collection
This suite of tools – which can be used on its own or in conjunction with resources from the CDC’s Gateway to Health Communication & Social Marketing Practice  - includes step-by-step manuals, help with logic models, and help with data collection methods, as well as many other resources.

CDC Understanding Evidence Collection
This collection includes a framework for thinking about evidence, Understanding evidence part 1: Best available research evidence: A guide to the continuum of evidence of effectiveness, and a continuum of evidence chart.

Measuring Bullying Victimization, Perpetration, and Bystander Experiences: A Compendium of Assessment Tools
This comprehensive compendium of tools includes bully-only scales, victim-only scales, bully and victim scales, and bystander, bully and/or victim scales.

Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes, Behaviors, and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools - Second Edition
Attitude and belief assessments, psychosocial and cognitive assessments, behavior assessments, and environmental assessments are among the tools in this document from the CDC.

Readiness Assessments

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s Assessing Campus Readiness Manual
With this manual, readers look at a campus-wide approach to sexual violence and explore topics such as evaluating efforts, partnering with campus leaders, assessing campus readiness, and educating campus leaders.

Tri-Ethnic Center’s Community Readiness Assessment Resources
The Tri-Ethnic Center’s collection of resources centers around the community readiness model, which assesses how ready a community is to address a particular issue. This resource collection includes a summary of the community readiness model, a community readiness presentation, and a list of community readiness publications.

Evaluation Resources

The Evaluation Exchange (free periodical)
A quarterly publication by the Harvard Family Research Project, The Evaluation Exchange details emerging evaluation strategies for policies and programs. It has a special focus on children, families, and communities.

Innovation Network
Innovation Network is a nonprofit evaluation, research, and consulting firm that offers a wide variety of tools to help nonprofits and funders. For example, their “Point K” page includes an organizational assessment tool, logic model builder, and evaluation plan builder.

Tweetreach can help you evaluate how many users are seeing your tweets. Both free and for-pay services are available for this service.