The Evaluation Toolkit provides online resources to assist with program evaluation. The tools include general evaluation resources, logic model and theory of change development, example evaluation studies, surveys and questionnaires, introductory statistics, and data management and statistical software.
- Basic Guide to Outcomes-Based Evaluation for Nonprofit Organizations with Very Limited Resources*
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Program Performance and Evaluation Office (PPEO)-Program Evaluation
- Community Tool Box*
- Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
- Non-Researcher’s Guide to Evidence-Based Program Evaluation*
- Research Methods Knowledge Base, Evaluation Research, Web Center for Social Research Methods
- Program Development and Evaluation, Planning a Program Evaluation, University of Wisconsin-Extension
This document provides basic guidance, particularly to small nonprofits with very limited resources.
The CDC Program Performance and Evaluation Office website offers evaluation resources related to logic models, data collection methods and sources, and evaluation of specific types of programs or interventions.
This site offers practical, step-by-step guidance in community-building skills.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services website offers resources related to program planning tools, evaluation definitions, and methodologies and case examples of sound evaluation practices.
This course provides a basic overview of program evaluation, including the goals of evaluation, types of evaluation, and common study designs. It provides general guidance on how to successfully plan, conduct, and manage an evaluation. The course also covers how to address research quality and disseminate your findings so that the results of your evaluation will have maximum impact.
Provides an overview of what evaluation is and how it differs from social research. This website also introduces several evaluation models to give some perspective on evaluation endeavors.
This is a guide designed to help plan program evaluation and is organized into four major sections: focusing the evaluation, collecting the information, using the information, and managing the evaluation.
PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS REVIEWS
- PEW Charitable Trusts, Results First Clearinghouse Database
- The Smart Start Resource Guide of Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Programs and Practices
- Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness
- Compendium of Evidenced-Based Parenting Interventions
This one-stop online resource provides an easy way to find information on the effectiveness of various interventions as rated by eight national research clearinghouses. Policy areas include adult criminal justice, child welfare, pre-K-12 education, health, juvenile justice, mental health, substance abuse, and youth development.
This guide compiles the evidence basis for key activities of North Carolina’s Smart Start including, early care and education quality initiatives, child care subsidy, family support, early literacy, and health initiatives.
Report: Howse, R. B., Trivette, C. M., Shindelar, L., Dunst, C. J., and The North Carolina Partnership for Children., Inc. (2013). The Smart Start Resource Guide of Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Programs and Practices: A Summary of Research Evidence. The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. Raleigh, NC.
The Department of Health and Human Services launched the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review to provide an assessment of home visiting program models that target families with pregnant women and children from birth to kindergarten entry.
Report: Avellar, S., Paulsell, D., Sama-Miller, E., Del Grosso, P., Akers, L., and Kleinman, R. (2016). Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness Review: Executive Summary. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Washington, DC.
The compendium of parenting interventions was commissioned by an interagency group of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to identify evidence-based parenting interventions most likely to be effective with families of young children.
Report: National Center for Parent, Family and Community Engagement. (2015). Compendium of Parenting Interventions. Washington, D.C.: National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement, Office of Head Start, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Report: Halle, T., Paulsell, D., Daily, S., Douglass, A., Moodie, S., & Metz, A. (2015). Implementing Parenting Interventions in Early Care and Education Settings: A Guidebook for Implementation (OPRE 2015-94). Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Logic Models and Theory of Change
Theory of Change*
- Definition of a Logic Model
- Learning for Sustainability, Introduction to Theory of Change
- Harvard Family Research Project, An Introduction to Theory of Change
- The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Theory of Change-A Practical Tool for Action, Results and Learning
EVALUATION REPORT EXAMPLES – FIRST 5 COUNTY COMMISSIONS
Below are examples of annual evaluation reports developed by First 5 county commissions. While the format of these reports varies, each provides details necessary for a reader to evaluate the purpose, goals, and effectiveness of programs implemented.
- First 5 Napa County 2015–16 Annual Evaluation Report
- First 5 Plumas County 2015–16 Annual Evaluation Report
- First 5 Santa Barbara County 2015–16 Annual Evaluation Report
- First 5 Tuolumne County 2015–16 Annual Evaluation Report
Evaluation Report Examples
- Harvard Family Research Project, The Evaluation Exchange
- Project STAR, Study Designs for Program Evaluation
- Data Collection Methods for Program Evaluation: Questionnaires
- Developing a Survey Instrument
- Program Evaluation Tip Sheet: Constructing Survey Questions
- Questionnaire Design: Asking Questions With a Purpose
- Writing Survey Questions for Local Program Evaluations
Online Survey ProvidersThis list is provided for informational purposes only. By providing this list, First 5 California does not endorse in any manner the vendors listed below.
- Khan Academy
- Stat Trek, Teach Yourself Statistics, Statistic Tutorial
- Vassar Stats, Concepts & Applications of Inferential Statistics
Statistical Computing Software (Freeware)
Data Sources and Information
*These resources may be especially useful for counties receiving SPCFA.