Balancing Rigor and Reality: Effective Evaluation Designs for 4-H Youth Development Programs

The degree of rigor needed in an evaluation is determined by several factors: stakeholder and audience needs, time, budget, and expertise. Choosing the best evaluation design is more of a balancing act of choices than it is selecting a design from a pre-determined hierarchy of rigor. Webinar participants will: (1) Learn the different types of evaluation designs; (2) Understand the trade-offs inherent in each design; (3) Explore the impact of budget, time, data, and political constraints in program evaluation; and (4) Design an evaluation for a program they would like to evaluate.

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c6: Planning for sustainability
e5: Evaluating program quality