is no use whatever trying to help people who
do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a
unless he be willing to climb himself”
- Andrew Carnegie
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
Evaluation Association: Online Texts
The American Evaluation Association maintains this compilation
of online handbooks on evaluation-related topics.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
the Impact of Development Projects on Poverty: A Handbook
The World Bank compiled this information about the benefits
and different approaches to conducting impact, or long-term
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.
Resources for Nonprofits: Outcome Measurement and Program
The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Utica (N.Y.)
Area maintains this compilation of evaluation resources on
Measurement Resource Network
The United Way offers this useful site with practical information
and resources for measuring outcomes.