Program Evaluation

Evaluating the educational programs that Extension professionals deliver is the key to success in all Extension Program. These resources, while extensive can assist in developing qualitative and quantitive program evaluation.

Speaker: Mary Arnold, Ph.D.

  1. W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook.
  2. An interactive guide for individuals who are managing an evaluation.
  3.  My M & E – A platform for sharing knowledge and practice amongst M & E practitioners worldwide—multiple links on multiple topice. (
  4. Evaluate”, Evaluation centre operated by Western Michigan University, Specializing in National Science Foundation (NSF) Evaluations. (
  5. Program Development and Evaluation, University of Wisconsin, Division of Extension. Comprehensive Program Planning and Evaluation. (


  1.  World Bank Overview of Monitoring and Evaluation.
  2. Questionnaire Design: Asking questions with a purpose, Ellen Taylor-Powell.
  3.  Sampling, Ellen Taylor-Powell.
  4. Collecting evaluation data: An overview of sources and materials, Ellen Taylor-Powell & Sara Steele.
  5. Collecting evaluation data: Direct observation, Ellen Taylor-Powell & Sara Steele.
  6. Collecting evaluation data: Surveys, Ellen Taylor-Powel &, Carol Hermann.
  7. Collecting evaluation data: End-of-session questionnaires, Ellen Taylor-Powell & Marcus Renner.
  8. Summary of evaluation models in Payne, D.A. (1994). Designing educational project and program evaluations: A practical overview based on research and experience. Boston: Kluwer Academic

Speaker: Marc Braverman, Ph.D.

  1.  Analyzing quantitative data, Ellen Taylor-Powell.
  2. Using Excel for analyzing survey results, Jennifer Leahy.
  3. Conduit, the quarterly newsletter for EvaluATE, the evaluation resource center for advanced technology education, discusses. statistical significance and the use of descriptive statistics
  4. Data Analysis Basics: Variables and Distribution,
  5. Data Analysis: Simple Statistical Tests  (Offers discussion questions and slides.

Speaker: Darlene Russ-Eft, Ph.D.

  1. Analyzing qualitative data, Ellen Taylor-Powell & Marcus Renne


  1. Guidelines And Checklist For Constructivist (A.K.A. Fourth Generation) Evaluation, Egon G. Guba & Yvonna S. Lincoln.(Checklist for designing a qualitative study.)
  2. W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide (Logic model development guide for foundations/non-profits)
  3. Developmental Evaluation:  Applying complexity concepts to enhance innovation and use.  Michael Quinn Patton.  2011.  Guilford Press. 
    SAMMIE stands for Successful Assessment Methods and Measurement In Evaluation and is a one stop site on the web to link you to valuable resources. Through SAMMIE you can – access resources on 22 evaluation-related topics; read the best literature on the web related to program evaluation; ask an expert your questions about program evaluation; and develop a personalized program evaluation plan. Whatever your level of experience evaluating programs, SAMMIE can be the web portal to help you expand your skills.
  2. American Evaluation Association (AEA)
    The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness.
  3. On-Line LOGIC Model Course, University of Wisconsin Extension
    This site is an on-line course that introduces a holistic approach to planning and evaluating education and outreach programs.