Now you are ready to start making claims about your programs based on your evaluation results. Making a claim based on the evaluation framework, review, analysis, and interpretation of the results is a judgment. The results from the Arizona Youth Program may lead us to several types of judgments, conclusions, or claims. An example claim is provided below.
The amount a student participates in the program may affect their satisfaction with the program.
Making recommendations is the fourth step in reviewing the data and allows you to present the results in a meaningful way. Recommendations can often be the most visible part of a report. Though they can lead to controversy, recommendations can bring the data and evaluation processes together in a useful and meaningful way.
Some evaluators believe that they should always offer recommendations while others believe that it is not a part of the evaluator role to make recommendations. Regardless, it is likely that, as someone familiar with a program, you will be asked to either make a recommendation based on the results of your evaluation and communication with stakeholders.
Recommendations should be
Here are some examples of recommendations based on the Arizona Youth Program data: