Why Program Evaluation?

The first step in any evaluation is to determine your primary reason for conducting one. Next, identify the end users of the evaluation results.

Why do you need an evaluation?

  • To assess program performance
  • To verify the program is accomplishing targeted goals
  • To improve service quality and program effectiveness
  • To provide accountability to funders, managers, or administrators
  • To provide evidence suitable for public relations and service promotion in the community

Who will use the evaluation findings?

  • Program staff
  • Managers and directors
  • Funders
  • Program participants
  • Other service providers in the community