Introduction to program evaluation for public health programs: A self-study guide

Short Description

Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this study guide provides a foundation for understanding the purpose of evaluation, its, terminology, and methodology.  Creation of a logic model serves as the framework for designing an evaluation strategy.  Beginning with information on how to assemble an evaluation team, the author describes six elements of program evaluation: stakeholder engagement, program description, evaluation design, data collection, analyzing data/drawing conclusions, and using and communicating findings.  Each section provides worksheets and checklists to prompt discussion and assist the reader in most aspects of the evaluation planning process and an extensive glossary defines term used throughout the guide.  The examples from CDC’s work in the health care field are easily transferable to other fields.  Although titled as a self-study guide, the activities can also direct the work of teams evaluating a program.  These systematic instructions are useful to both novice and veteran program staff.

Format and Retrieval

Retrieved from: http://www.cdc.gov/eval/guide/CDCEvalManual.pdf

Suggested Citation

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Office of the Director, Office of Strategy and Innovation. (2011).