Types of Program Evaluation

Types of Program Evaluation

There are many types of policy and program evaluations. There are variations in terminology, but the major types of evaluation typically involve the following:

a) determining the need and requirement for a program;

b) assessing whether a program is working the way it is supposed to work; and

c) the impact of the program on the larger environment, both short and long term.

For this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources and select a case involving physical infrastructure or economic development.

Post a brief description of the project and explain the type of evaluation employed in the case. Explain whether this was a needs assessment, formative, process, or summative (impact) evaluation and why. Describe the type of data used and whether comparisons were employed.


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Chapter 1, “What This Book Is About” (pp. 3–20)
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Chapter 1, “Key Concepts and Issues in  Evaluation and Performance Measurement” (pp. 1–40)
Chapter 6, “Needs Assessments for Program Development and Adjustment” (pp. 225–266)
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