From Chapter 3: Evaluation
"Good evaluations start with a set of important questions that you or someone else will try to answer during the actual evaluation. Here are sample questions you may ask yourself:
• What are our program's goals?
• Are some activities more effective than others?
• What changes in knowledge, attitudes, or behaviors
will result from program activities?
• Do our funders require any specific information?
• Are some activities more popular than others?
• As a result of all the time and effort everyone is
devoting to the program, what difference have we made?
"Developing effective evaluation questions should be a group endeavor. All of your staff should meet and list your program's intended goals or outcomes. Then, the group can discuss how the planned activities and processes will lead to the realization of these goals or outcomes. Spend some time developing the milestones or benchmarks that must be reached along the way. These benchmarks should help you decide what you should be seeing in the short term and the long term to help you reach your goals. With your planning group, work hard to find out what specific questions appeal the most to staff, family members, key community partners, and the school administration. Time spent in the beginning to develop an evaluation plan increases the likelihood that evaluation will yield convincing evidence about how your program has succeeded." (pp. 74-75)