“There is no use whatever trying to help people who
do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder
unless he be willing to climb himself”
- Andrew Carnegie

Valuable Resources

This selection of resources offers an abundance of information about the different types of program evaluation, and methods and tools for getting the job done. Check out each category for a list of related resources.

General Evaluation Resources

American Evaluation Association: Online Texts
The American Evaluation Association maintains this compilation of online handbooks on evaluation-related topics.

Community Tool Box
The Community Tool Box provides over 6,000 pages of practical skill-building information on over 250 different topics for community program planners, including basic methods and tools for effective program evaluation.

Demonstrating Your Program's Worth: A Primer on Evaluation for Programs to Prevent Unintentional Injury
This practical guide prepared for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control describes the basics to performing an evaluation, including specifics on formative, process, short-term outcome, and long-term outcome evaluations.

Introduction to Program Evaluation for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health developed this "how to" guide for planning and implementing evaluation activities. The guide includes details on evaluation design and the different types of evaluation.

The Program Manager's Guide to Evaluation
The Administration on Children, Youth, and Families developed this guide to explain program evaluation -what it is, how to understand it, and how to do it.


Types of Evaluation

Evaluation Primer: An Overview of Education Evaluation
This guide produced by the Department of Education offers an overview of educational evaluation, and offers clear explanations of what each type of evaluation offers.

Evaluation Primer on Health Risk Communication Programs and Outcomes
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry produced this very simple, easy-to-use guide for evaluators in the field of health risk evaluation which includes a review of the different types of evaluation, a discussion on the role of formative evaluation, and tips for evaluating outcomes and impacts.

Guide to Program Evaluation: Assessing Program Performance
This section of the Bureau of Justice Assistance web site includes a discussion on the use of the different types of evaluation in assessing program performance.

Taking Stock: A Practical Guide to Evaluating Your Own Programs
This easy-to-use guide offers information about the importance of evaluation and an overview of the different types of evaluation.

Basic Guide to Outcomes-Based Evaluation for Nonprofit Organizations with Very Limited Resources
The Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits makes available this online document on the basic planning and implementation of an outcomes evaluation in nonprofit organizations. Prepared for small nonprofits with limited resources, this guide is based on and complements the United Way’s Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach.

Evaluating the Impact of Development Projects on Poverty: A Handbook for Practitioners
The World Bank compiled this information about the benefits and different approaches to conducting impact, or long-term outcome, evaluation.

How Libraries and Librarians Help: Outcome-Based Evaluation Toolkit
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this toolkit for library managers outlines a four step process on conducting outcome-based evaluation.

Internet Resources for Nonprofits: Outcome Measurement and Program Evaluation
The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Utica (N.Y.) Area maintains this compilation of evaluation resources on outcome measurement.

Outcome Measurement Resource Network
The United Way offers this useful site with practical information and resources for measuring outcomes.