Evaluation Of Planning An Evaluation

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1. When planning an evaluation, there are several steps an evaluator must take. One of the final steps in the planning process is to present a written proposal. What should the written proposal include, and why is it important to get the details of the evaluation in writing? • A written proposal should include the type of evaluation, the nature and goals of the program, criteria and measures that are going to be used, and the readiness of the program that is going to be evaluated (Posavac, 2011). It is important to make sure the proposal is complete so, I would also include a summary of the proposal, statement of need, a description of the evaluation, a budget, if needed, any other details that are important and a conclusion. • It is…show more content…
Measures should have both reliability and validity. Describe the difference between reliability and validity and explain why they are important concepts when performing an evaluation. • Reliability is the consistency of information that a measure produces for the same person in the same situation (Posavac, 2011). Something is considered reliable if different observers report similar levels of a variable on the same thing (Posavac, 2011). The more reliable a measure is, the greater power and the more credible the findings are. It is extremely important to make sure that the evaluation is as reliable as possible. • Validity is more difficult than the issue of reliability. Validity is the degree to which it measures what it is intended to measure (Rossi et al., 2004, p. 219). In an evaluation, an instrument can be considered valid if it is accepted as valid by the stakeholders (Rossi et al., 2004). 3. Describe the difference between closed-ended and open-ended questions when conducting a qualitative interview. • Closed-ended questions are questions where the answers are yes or no, a single word or multiple choice answers. For example, do you like the color blue? Do you like blue or red better? Or “did you have a happy childhood” or do you like pizza”? • Open-ended questions are questions that cannot be answered with yes or no. They are questions like “tell me about your childhood” why do you think Bernie Sanders would or would not be a good president”? These
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