Evaluation Plan

Program evaluation will be the responsibility of the Program Evaluator and consist of two different evaluative strategies - quantitative and qualitative.
 Quantitative data include pieces of information that can be expressed in numerical terms, counted, or compared on a scale. Examples include the reading test scores, the number of people who responded positively to an interview question, the number of program participants, and the average age of participating youth.
Summative Evaluation - Primarily quantitative in nature; the summative evaluation will begin with the establishment of baseline data at the beginning of the Program (using a random data) and then be conducted at 6-month intervals (just prior to each group of students completing their Program service). Data for the summative evaluation will focus on the two primary goals of the program and the objectives of each.


Goal #1
- Pre/post tests of knowledge gain on the part of the students in the arts (Objective 1.1).
- Selected interviews of youth to assess their ability to effectively apply
what they have learned in their everyday lives (Objective 1.2).
- Selected interviews of youth to evaluate changes in their behavior and attitudes (Objective 1.3).
Goal #2
- Records of number of students involved in the program (Objective 2.1).
- Documentation of agendas/attendance rosters from all art programs (Objective 2.1).
- Documentation of number of youth served and number of program hours recorded at the Centers (Objective 2.3).
- Comparative analysis of Goal #2 data with similar data (Objective 2.4)
Qualitative data

 Include pieces of information that are difficult to measure, count, or express in numerical terms. Examples include people’s perceptions about the fairness of a program requirement, descriptions of program activities, and descriptions of problems that participating youth encountered. Qualitative data often provide the context needed to interpret quantitative findings. In the following example, this sentence provides a quantitative finding: “By the end of the program period, approximately 25 percent of program participants had stopped attending program activities.” This sentence provides the qualitative data needed to interpret that finding: “Program staff believes that this drop in attendance was a direct result of the new discipline policies mandated by the program manager. “Formative evaluation will be conducted through interviews and open-ended questionnaires with managers and staff. They will be questioned about the day-to-day operation of the Center, the topics covered in the volunteer training program, the attractiveness of the training materials, and other questions to provide feedback for the ongoing improvement of the operation of the Program. The Program Evaluator will meet regularly with program staff to share findings from the formative evaluation effort. Periodic reports will be prepared that identify the major findings of the formative evaluation and how they have been used to improve Program operation. A yearly report will be issued that presents the formative and summative findings.








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