Reviewing Data - Judgment and Recommendations

Judgment

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.

Recommendations

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

  • Both useful and practical
  • Supported by the data analysis
  • Created in conjunction with the stakeholders
  • Within the control of the program or stakeholders
  • Open to multiple options
  • Considerate of the costs and benefits to the program
  • Deliberate

 

Here are some examples of recommendations based on the Arizona Youth Program data:

  • Learn more about students who participate minimally. Investigate strategies that may increase their involvement.
  • Investigate why those students who are frequent participants tend to be more satisfied with the program.
  • Expand on the satisfaction survey findings by asking students to suggest additional activity ideas.

     

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