Evaluation Of A Program Evaluation

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According to Mertens and Wilson, program evaluation is a systematic method for collecting, analyzing, and using information to answer questions about projects, policies and programs, particularly about their effectiveness and efficiency. Stakeholders often want to know whether the programs they are funding and supporting are effective. While program evaluation first focuses on the effectiveness of the program, other important factors to take into consideration is cost of the program, improvements that could be made, outcomes of the program, and usefulness of the program. Evaluators help to answer these questions, and stakeholders have to work with the evaluators in order to come to the best conclusion about the effectiveness of a program so that all aspects are taken into consideration. Program evaluations can involve both quantitative and qualitative methods of research. People who do program evaluation come from many different backgrounds, such as sociology, psychology, economics, social work, and public policy. Some graduate schools also have specific training programs for program evaluation. Rossi, Lipsey and Freeman suggest the following kinds of assessment, which may be appropriate at these different stages: assessment of the need for the program, assessment of program design and logic/theory, assessment of how the program is being implemented, assessment of the program 's outcome or impact, assessment of the program 's cost and efficiency, and assessing needs.
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