Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My program is new. The outcomes we hope to achieve haven't happened yet. Isn't it better to wait until our program produces the changes we want to see?
A: No. Evaluation should be happening throughout program development and implementation. If "results" have not yet happened, this is the perfect time to collect "baseline" data about where things stand now, before your intervention. The baseline data can 1) justify the need for your intervention, 2) convey to funding agencies or other stakeholders that you are systematically collecting data on the effects of your intervention, and 3) demonstrate progress over time. Sometimes program managers are concerned that these baseline numbers will make them appear unsuccessful. However, without knowing "where you started," it is impossible to know what progress has been made.
Q: We have had evaluators come out and create reports, but no one read them and their results weren't used. How can we make sure we can use the findings?
A: Unfortunately, this is a common concern and