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Possible Project-Level Evaluation Activities

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This worksheet from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook lists possible evaluation activities for each project stage from planning to policy.

    •    Assess needs and assets of target population/community.
    •    Specify goals and objectives of planned services/activities.
    •    Describe how planned services/activities will lead to goals.
    •    Identify what community resources will be needed and how they can be obtained.
    •    Determine the match between project plans and community priorities.
    •    Develop an overall evaluation strategy.

    •    Determine underlying program assumptions.
    •    Develop a system for obtaining and presenting information to stakeholders.
    •    Assess feasibility of procedures given actual staff and funds.
    •    Assess the data that can be gathered from routine project activities.
    •    Develop a data-collection system, if doing so will answer desired questions.
    •    Collect baseline data on key outcome and implementation areas.

Implementation and Project Modification
    •    Assess organizational processes or environmental factors which are inhibiting or promoting project success.
    •    Describe project and assess reasons for changes from original implementation plan.
    •    Analyze feedback from staff and participants about successes/failures and use this information to modify the project.
    •    Provide information on short-term outcomes for stakeholders/decision makers.
    •    Use short-term outcome data to improve the project.
    •    Describe how you expect short-term outcomes to affect long-term outcomes.
    •    Continue to collect data on short- and long-term outcomes.
    •    Assess assumptions about how and why program works; modify as needed.

Maintenance and Sustainability
    •    Share findings with community and with other projects.
    •    Inform alternative funding sources about accomplishments.
    •    Continue to use evaluation to improve the project and to monitor outcomes.
    •    Continue to share information with multiple stakeholders.
    •    Assess long-term impact and implementation lessons, and describe how and why program works.

Replication and Policy
    •    Assess project fit with other communities.
    •    Determine critical elements of the project which are necessary for success.
    •    Highlight specific contextual factors which inhibited or facilitated project success.
    •    As appropriate, develop strategies for sharing information with policymakers to make relevant policy changes.

W. K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook. W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Battle Creek, MI.

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