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DIY Program Evaluation Kit

DIY Program Evaluation Kit

In "Plain English"

One of the challenges that Program Managers face when doing program evaluation is the lack of practical resources explaining the processes and methodologies in plain English.

We compiled this resource to give you this plain English overview.

Whether you yourself are planning to do the evaluation and are just looking for background reading to understand the process or are seeking support from our team, this resource will arm you with a much clearer understanding of what’s involved.

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New to program management? Things you need to know

New to program management? Things you need to know

This is an exciting step in your career, and one where you will have great influence over your program. With that influence comes a need to get up to speed quickly, so you can use your time effectively, and make your mark on the program.

Just taken over an existing program? Five quick wins you need right now.

Just taken over an existing program? Five quick wins you need right now.

Ready to get started with your new program? Use this simple checklist to identify quick wins you can implement right away.

What you need to know when designing a new program

What you need to know when designing a new program

If you have been tasked with designing a new program, there are probably a million thoughts and details running through your head. You’re also likely to have competing priorities… it could be that:

How to avoid a negative performance audit

How to avoid a negative performance audit

You can easily avoid a negative performance audit finding through a little bit of preparation and effort. Not only will this save you from a negative audit finding, but there are other spin offs too.

10 reasons not to evaluate your program

10 reasons not to evaluate your program

Announcing an evaluation requirement generates two kinds of responses: enthusiastic, embracing the opportunity to recognise achievements or resistant and full of excuses

Managing performance of intangible policy objectives

Managing performance of intangible policy objectives

Many policy interventions are difficult to measure in terms of their impact on for example, the health of society, social cohesion, industry growth or change in community behaviour to name just a few.

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What is program evaluation?

What is program evaluation?

But for many of us, the art of program evaluation can seem a bit of a mystery. What is it and what is it for? More importantly, how do I do it well?

No data, no problem

No data, no problem

In the ideal evaluation world, an evaluation occurs in the context of a beautifully planned and executed monitoring and evaluation framework. You have time and resources and oodles of beautiful, relevant, high quality data to inform your evaluation…… But who lives in this ideal world?  Oftentimes, you are notified late of the requirement, there’s a tight budget and timeframe, and for the final kicker…. you have no data.

6 reasons why evaluation is a great opportunity for program managers

6 reasons why evaluation is a great opportunity for program managers

While program evaluation might seem a little scary, it actually presents a raft of exciting opportunities for program managers to showcase the successes of their programs and ensure that their teams are performing to its full potential

Program Theory and Program Logic: Articulating how your program works

Program Theory and Program Logic: Articulating how your program works

Have you ever noticed how hard it can be to articulate to others exactly what your program is for, and how it works? And how hard it can sometimes be to get internal buy-in and support as a result? In this blog, we show you how to develop a watertight program theory and program logic.

How is your program going… really? Performance monitoring

How is your program going… really? Performance monitoring

Monitoring and managing the performance of a program is an integral part of program management. This blog helps you identify the factors you need to consider when developing a performance management framework.

Program evaluation: How to bridge the gap between theory and practice

Program evaluation: How to bridge the gap between theory and practice

Program evaluation can be daunting for program managers approaching it for the first time. Rather than being given clear guidance on the how-to’s of program evaluation, newcomers are often expected to deduce program evaluation techniques from dry academic texts hidden behind a wall of baffling jargon.

9 ways to assess your program’s performance

9 ways to assess your program’s performance

If you're a program manager for a government entity, you may be spending a lot of your time trying to figure out how to assess your program’s performance in accordance with your organisation’s governance, performance and accountability rules or guidelines.

Tools for planning program evaluation: Evaluation Framework

Tools for planning program evaluation: Evaluation Framework

One of the most important tools you will come across in program evaluation is an evaluation plan. Put simply, an evaluation plan is the step-by-step project plan for a specific evaluation project.

Types of program evaluation

Types of program evaluation

Program evaluation can be confusing. Not only are there different types of program evaluation, but different people use different terms to mean different things – or the same thing! (As if there wasn’t enough confusion already!)

Planning a program evaluation: A practical checklist

Planning a program evaluation: A practical checklist

The checklist contained in this paper serves as a practical tool that summarises and organises the various aspects that should be considered when establishing a sound and structured program evaluation.

Organisational evaluation plan template

Organisational evaluation plan template

This template is intended to capture the evaluation requirements across an organisation each year or over a period of years.

Program logic templates

Program logic templates

A program logic is simply a graphical portrayal of your theory that is succinct and easy to understand. Your program logic can take the form of words, diagrams, tables, or a combination of all three. Program logics are often (but not always) captured in one page, and are typically divided into inputs, outputs and outcomes.

Tool for clarifying outcomes and determining data requirements

Tool for clarifying outcomes and determining data requirements

This tool is intended for: ‘unpacking’ program objectives or outcomes and determining the data requirements for monitoring and evaluation of the program against its outcomes. The tool can be used to focus on just one, or both, of the aims described above.

Monitoring and evaluation framework template

Monitoring and evaluation framework template

Use this template to quick start the development of your M&E framework.

How to design evaluation questionnaires to gather meaningful data

How to design evaluation questionnaires to gather meaningful data

Poorly designed Program Evaluation questionnaires can lead to wasted time and erode stakeholder confidence. Worse, they can result in faulty data, which can lead to flawed decision-making and have serious impacts on the outcome of a program. This guide will help you appraise your evaluation questionnaires and ensure you’re collecting the right data to truly measure the success of your program.

Evaluation data collection matrix

Evaluation data collection matrix

Use this data collection matrix to capture your data collection requirements for your next evaluation. You can use this template as a stand-alone tool or as part of an evaluation plan.

Persona template

Persona template

A persona is a fictional character, designed to represent a user or client type. Personas are used to generate deeper understanding of your users’ or clients’ needs, experiences and motivations. Use the template to generate a list of questions and to capture your personas.

DIY Program Evaluation Kit

DIY Program Evaluation Kit

In "Plain English"

One of the challenges that Program Managers face when doing program evaluation is the lack of practical resources explaining the processes and methodologies in plain English.

We compiled this resource to give you this plain English overview.

Whether you yourself are planning to do the evaluation and are just looking for background reading to understand the process or are seeking support from our team, this resource will arm you with a much clearer understanding of what’s involved.

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY