Conducting Your Evaluation

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Getting Started

To get started with evaluating a program or initiative, it always helps to review the steps, or elements, in an evaluation process. Each step below has tips for embedding the Values, plus links to tools and resources. Evaluation can help drive excellence in EE program design and support culturally responsive and equitable outcomes. 

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Your Process

Although the evaluation process doesn’t have any “right” starting point, many people move through the steps in a linear manner. Do whatever works best for you, and you can embed CREE Values throughout the process.

Elements in the Evaluation Process

A. Build Relationships

Learn about the people and context of the program to be evaluated.

Build Relationships

B. Describe Program Logic

Articulate how your program is designed and identify its intended results. 

Program Logic

C. Describe Evaluation Purpose

Co-create a shared understanding for what you want your evaluation to accomplish. 

Evaluation Purpose

D. Design Evaluation Plan

Use an iterative process of inquiry and learning with program partners, participants, and community. 

evaluation Plan

E. Collect Data

Ensure cultural contexts are represented, data is unbiased, and sample sizes are appropriate. 

Collect Data

F. Analyze Data

Ensure cultural contexts are represented and to mitigate against biases or stereotypes.

Analyze data

G. Communicate & Share

Inspire and inform others in the field by sharing what you learned from your evaluation

Communicate & Share

H. Learn & Improve

Embrace what was learned and take steps for continuous improvement.

Learn & Improve

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Collective Evaluation

Evaluation can be improved in the community by planning and implementing with others who share similar missions, outcomes, and/or goals.

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Explore the Values

We encourage you to investigate how each value is incorporated into the evaluation process.

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Resources

The resources provide references, tools, and program models to inform and support your application of the CREE framework.

Contributor Acknowledgement: Charissa Jones, Luciana Ranelli, Spirit Brooks, Jean Kayira, Karyl Askew, Libby McCann, Charlotte Clark, Liz DeMattia, and Noelle Wyman Roth

Critical Review and Comment: Steven Braun and Rachel Szcytko