Developing an Effective Evaluation Plan: Setting the Course for Effective Program Evaluation

Short Description

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) creates a six-step process for planning, implementing, and reporting on evaluations of programs.  The CDC encourages participatory evaluation planning, beginning with engaging stakeholders, and program staff to use a logic model framework to describe the program, and define the goals of evaluation.  The handbook guides the reader through the evaluation process using understandable language and clearly defined instructions.  Call out boxes and other prompts provide additional information and benchmarks essential to each step.  Exercise, worksheets, and other evaluation planning tools comprise more than half the handbook.  Even though this book, written by CDC, targets medical professionals, the information, exercises, and worksheets are easily transferable to any discipline.  This handbook is a comprehensive accessible resource for individuals and teams tasked with developing a systematic evaluation plan.

Suggested Citation

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. (2011).