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To ensure that your program has the intended outcome, evaluation needs to take place at every step in the process.  The following resources should help your evaluation planning and reporting. 

  • Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs for Older Adults: An Introduction
    This article provides an overview of the evaluation of evidence-based health promotion programs for older adults and introduces an upcoming series of related articles in the Journal of Applied Gerontology. The article addresses the following topics: the need for assessing the effectiveness of programs; research-based foundations for evaluation, specifically the RE-AIM model; the role of the evaluator; and guiding principles for evaluation and theoretical models that drive measurement.
  • The Community Toolbox
    The mission of the University of Kansas' Community Toolbox is promoting community health and development by connecting people, ideas and resources.  The Toolbox does this by providing toolkits, learning modules and other resources for all stages of health promotion, including materials related to evaluation of evidence-based programs.
  • Evaluating Outcomes (for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)
    The following tool, written by Kate Lorig and Diana Laurent of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center, provides definitions for basic evaluation terminology, a detailed list of suggested outcomes measures, and tips for formatting questionnaires.
  • Evaluation for the Unevaluated: Program Evaluation 101
    This tutorial, created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will help you understand what program evaluation is, why it is important, and how to find a good evaluator. The modules discuss types of evaluation projects, evaluation tasks, and preparation for conducting evaluations.
  • Evaluation for the Unevaluated: Program Evaluation 102
    This tutorial will introduce statistical concepts and explain how evaluation results are used. Good evaluations are essential to effective programs and the future of prevention programs. The tutorial also describes special challenges in evaluating prevention programs.
  • Wading Through the Data Swamp: Program Evaluation 201
    This tutorial uses a case-study approach to demonstrate how to use evaluation data and how to work more effectively with evaluators. Includes a variety of tools and a complete data set from a hypothetical evaluation. If you are not familiar with evaluation, you should complete Evaluation 101 and 102 before beginning this tutorial.
  • Evolution to Effective Prevention Diagnostic Scale
    The Evolution to Effective Prevention Diagnostic Scale can help organizations, communities, and collaboratives assess the development of their prevention efforts. This tool is designed to analyze current efforts and assist groups in making efforts more comprehensive and effective. On a scale of 1 to 5, program elements are assessed according to how far along they are in this evolution.
  • Measuring Health Promotion Impacts: A Guide to Impact Evaluation in Integrated Health Promotion
    This guide was developed to support agencies within primary care partnerships in assessing and reporting on the impact of their health promotion activities.
  • Physical Activity Evaluation Handbook
    This handbook provides tools for state and local agencies and community-based organization which are evaluating physical activity programs.  These tools were developed to help users demonstrate program outcomes and continuously improve physical activity promotion programs.  Program evaluation will enhance knowledge of the resources, methods and strategies necessary to increase physical activity.
  • Assuring Treatment Fidelity: Are You Getting the Program You Think You Are?
    A workshop from the 2007 ASA Conference presented by Basia Belza, Banghwa Casado, Cynthia Coviak, Janet Frank, Tara Healy addressing the importance of fidelity and providing strategies, tools, and issues relevant to maintaining treatment fidelity.

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