Are YOU Ready to Evaluate?

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Evaluability assessment is a systematic process for deciding whether evaluation is justified, feasible and likely to provide useful information. The following questions can help you to decide whether your coalition is ready to evaluate itself and its work!

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 YES 

 NO 

1.

Is your initiative fully active?

2.

Are partners committed to collaboratively evaluate?

3.

Are initiative’s goals realistic?   

4.

Are interventions consistent with initiative goals?

5.

Are desired results specific & clear enough to be assessed?

6.

Are interventions well-grounded in theory and/or prior evidence?

7.

Do you know what kinds of data will be needed?   

8.

Are these data available and/or do you know where to access data?

9.

Are there any factors that limit or constrain access to these resources?

10.

Can evaluation be achieved in time frame that permits findings to be used to make program/policy decisions by organizational and political officials? 

11.

Are evaluation findings likely to be generalizable & useful in assessing whether strategies should be expanded to new populations/settings?

12.

Do adequate resources for evaluation exist that can be shared or obtained (e.g., money, time, expertise & partner support)?  

13.

Will evaluation address key initiative questions and be translated into “lessons learned”?   

14.

Are partners willing to pay attention to evaluation results, even if they cause initiative to change or be viewed differently?   

15.

Is evaluator/evaluation team willing to listen to input from the initiative team in designing evaluation, interpreting results, and how results are reported?   

 

Adapted from Mancini JA, Marek LI, Byrne RA, Huebner AJ. (2004). Community-Based Program Research: Context, Program 

Readiness and Evaluation Usefulness. J Community Practice, 12(1/2: 7-21 and Patton MQ. (2008) Utilization-Focused Evaluation. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications, 43-5 

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