Evaluation Resources

The links below provide resources for meeting facilitation, evaluation, and capacity that could be useful to agencies doing prevention work.

The Technology of Participation (ToP®): teaches team members how to collaborate on projects and group facilitators how to effectively lead their team. ToP® provides methods that:

CRTeacher.com: CRTeacher.com is home to an interactive online environment powered by the open-source software Moodle. Moodle is commonly known as a Learning Management System (LMS), or software that is designed to be used with the Internet in order to enhance traditional face-to-face classroom instruction or facilitate online learning.

GoToMeeting: GoToMeeting is a Web conferencing tool that allows you to meet online rather than in a conference room. It’s the easiest and most cost-effective way to organize and attend online meetings. Patented technology enables coworkers, customers and prospects to view any application running on your PC in real time. With the flexibility to meet in person or online, you’ll be able to do more and travel less.

The TriEthnic Center for Prevention Research Community Readiness Model: The Community Readiness Model is an innovative method for assessing the level of readiness of a community to develop and implement prevention programming. It can be
used as both a research tool to assess distribution of levels of readiness across a group of communities or as a tool to guide prevention efforts at the individual community level.

University of Wisconsin-Extension Cooperative Extension, Program Development and Evaluation Unit (PDE): PDE is charged with providing leadership and capacity building in program evaluation through in-service education, resource material development, consultation, administrative support and managing high priority evaluations. Their main areas include: internal capacity development, community-based capacity development, research and development.

Free Resources for Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods: This page lists FREE resources for program evaluation and social research methods. The focus is on "how-to" do evaluation research and the methods used: surveys, focus groups, sampling, interviews, and other methods. Most of these links are to resources that can be read over the web. A few, like the GAO books, are for books that can be sent away for, for free (if you live in the US), as well as read over the web.

Free Management Library: This document provides guidance toward planning and implementing an evaluation process for for-profit or nonprofit programs there are many kinds of evaluations that can be applied to programs, for example, goals-based, process-based, outcomes-based, etc.

American Evaluation Association: 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. AEA has approximately 5,500 members representing all 50 states in the US as well as over 60 foreign countries.