Where Do I Start?
Evaluation is a process that involves asking questions, collecting
and analyzing data to make judgments about our programs, improve our
programs and inform our planning decisions.
As a member of Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development, you are responsible
for making sure your programs are as good as they can be, meet the
needs and use resources wisely. Working with volunteers and youth raises
particular issues for evaluation.
First Things First!
- Getting Started with Evaluation (18 slides, 1374 KB) - This brief PowerPoint provides background on what evaluation is and is not, images of evaluation, language and terminology and some key concepts.
- Evaluation Glossary (4 pages, 140 KB) -
Common terms used in evaluation.
- Developing a Concept of Extension Program Evaluation (6 pages, 120 KB) -
UW-Extension Program Development and Evaluation publication that provides background on how we define and apply evaluation in Extension.
- Program Evaluation Standards - Four professional standards have been established in the field of evaluation to guide sound practice: Utility, Feasibility, Proprietary, and Accuracy Standards. Select the link for Program Evaluation Standards to view this document by the Joint Committee on Evaluation Standards, posted on the Evaluation Center web page at Western Michigan University.
- Ways to Improve the Quality of Your Program Evaluations (2 pages, 20 KB) -
A Quick Tip from UW-Extension Program Development and Evaluation based on the evaluation standards.
Planning Your Evaluation
The better you plan, the more useful your evaluation will be.
- Planning Your Evaluation (32 slides, 2755 KB) - There are 5 core steps to think about when planning a program evaluation. Use this PowerPoint to review these steps and all the key concepts in order to create a quality evaluation. Turn to the documents posted below for additional help.
- Planning Program Evaluations Wisline Web Presentation - Presenter: Ellen Taylor-Powell,UW-Extension Evaluation Specialist. This program focuses on taking a youth development program logic model and developing an evaluation plan for the program, using the Evaluation Planning Worksheet.
- Planning a Program Evaluation (27 pages, 333 KB) - UW-Extension Program Development and Evaluation
Publication that provides a helpful overview of planning
for a program evaluation. The publication addresses focusing
the evaluation, collecting the information, using the information
and managing the evaluation.
- Planning a Program Evaluation Worksheet - Look for the link to the Word version of this document posted on the Cooperative Extension Program Development and Evaluation web page. The worksheet is a companion for the Planning a Program
Evaluation publication. Use this planning worksheet to help you remember the steps and create your plan.
- Examples of Completed Planning a Program Evaluation Worksheets
Human Subjects Protection (HSP)
- Human Subjects Protection - Human Subjects Protection is about safeguarding the welfare and protecting the rights of individuals who participate as subjects in research and non-research assessments sponsored by UW Extension. The University of Wisconsin-Extension Human Protection Education web site includes links to:
- Certification training course
- Self-assessment decision tree
- Application for approval
- Sample consent language: Refer to pages 1 and 3 for specific information regarding consent for youth participants
- Frequently asked questions: References are included to unique aspects of Human Subjects Protection when youth audiences are involved.
- Human Subjects Protection (24 slides, 1181 KB) - This PowerPoint covers the basics of Human Subjects Protection in Extension, clarifies terms and expectations and provides details about the steps you need to take and what you need to do.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Human Subjects Protection within 4-H Youth Development (2 pages, 52 KB) - Questions and answers about Human Subjects Protection specifically related to 4-H Youth Development programming.
- Sample Consent Forms
Youth Specific Issues
- Collecting Data From and About Children
- Collecting Data from and about Children (3 pages, 37 KB) - Includes information about: Adapting interviews and questionnaires to the developmental and literacy levels of children, obtaining parental consent, and considering other sources of data about children.
- Involving Youth In Evaluation
- Involving Youth in Evaluation (2 pages, 35 KB) - Discusses participatory evaluation with youth to build skills that can be applied to other research, evaluation, and planning situations, create change as youth are involved in decisions that affect organizations and communities, bring insights and access to informants that might be missed if they were not involved.