May 6, 2013
Overview of Program Evaluation
Most people can define program evaluation; it is very evident what is meant when a program is about to be evaluated. Many organizations today have certain programs in place and to identify if the programs work a review, or an evaluation must be performed. Program evaluation is a necessary tool that is used to gather data to make decisions that can affect the program now and possibly in the future. This paper will discuss the main purpose of program evaluation and why an evaluation can be useful to an organization. It will identify the five most common types of program evaluation models and describe the decision-making model. The purpose for program evaluation and why it can be useful to an organization
The purpose for program evaluation is to determine if a program is doing what is intended to do. Is it efficient and if not the program evaluation will determine ways to improve the processes and make the program benefit the people and the organization better. According to Boulmetis and Dutwin (2005) people describe evaluation in different ways. One of the definitions of evaluation is the systematic process of collecting and analyzing data in order to determine whether and to what degree objectives have been or are being achieved. A second definition of evaluation is the systematic process of collecting and analyzing data to make a decision (Boulmetis & Dutwin, 2005). Depending on the program and organization and the purpose of the evaluation will determine which definition fits better. If you are looking to receive aid for a program then the proper definition would be the first one and if you are looking to upgrade a program or organization or to decrease staff members then the second definition would be more appropriate. Program evaluation can be useful for organization because it will bring out information that managers and...