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Resources,  October 23, 2007

Five Reasons Why Evaluation Can Help Out-of-School Programs

"Child Trends released two new briefs in its series on practical evaluation methods for out-of-school time programs:

1) Why Conduct a Program Evaluation? Five Reasons Why Evaluation Can Help an Out-of-School Time Program

Program evaluation is a valuable tool for program managers who are seeking to strengthen the quality of their programs and improve outcomes for the children and youth they serve. This brief defines program evaluation; addresses common concerns program managers and practitioners have regarding evaluation; and outlines five major reasons why conducting a program evaluation can benefit an out-of-school time program.

2) Five Steps for Selecting an Evaluator: A Guide for Out-of-School Time Practitioners

Selecting the right evaluator can help strengthen program operations, identify successes and areas that need improvement, and improve outcomes for those served. This brief describes different types of evaluations and outlines five steps for selecting an evaluator that can benefit a program in the long run. It also provides some tips on the cost of evaluations.

Child Trends' Research-to-Results Initiative examines 'what works' in programs and interventions for children and youth; provides research-based guidance to out-of-school time programs; and evaluates youth-serving programs."

URL: http://www.childtrends.org/researchtoresults
Posted by wrivenburgh on October 23, 2007 | Resources
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