Sheila B Robinson

Reflections of an everyday educator/program evaluator/professional developer…LEARNER

Resources for Evaluation Planning

Planners by Teresa Robinson via FlickrTHANK YOU for participating in It’s Not the Plan, It’s the Planning: Strategies for Evaluation Plans and Planning at the American Evaluation Association Summer Evaluation Institute. Here are resources specific to evaluation planning, many of which I mentioned during the course:

2016: It’s not the plan supplementary handout


A Practical Guide to Program Evaluation Planning 


Afterschool 101: How to Evaluate an Expanded Learning Program

EvaluATE (Evaluation Resource Center for Advanced Technical Education) website resources for evaluation planning

Evaluation Planning Workbook

Innovation Network Evaluation Plan Workbook

A Practical Guide for Engaging Stakeholders in Developing Evaluation Questions

Preparing for an Evaluation – Guidelines and Tools for Pre-Evaluation Planning

Step by Step Guides from CDC

User’s Guide to Advocacy Evaluation Planning

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook

Evaluation Plan for ???


BetterEvaluation Template for Evaluation Plan

Thomas C. Reeves Evaluation Plan Template

University of Wisconsin Extension Program Evaluation and Development – Planning a Program Evaluation Booklet & Worksheet


Better Evaluation

  • “An international collaboration to improve evaluation practice and theory by sharing information about options (methods or tools) and approaches.”
  • Loads of free content uniquely organized. You can search for content based on their Rainbow Framework that “organizes 200+ evaluation options into 7 clusters of evaluation tasks” as well as search by evaluation approach.
  • Includes links to a Template for Evaluation Plan, and the BetterEvaluation Planning Tool.

Center for Evaluation and Research – Tobacco Control Evaluation Center

Includes sections on:

  • Evaluation Designs
  • Examples Activities
  • Example PLans
  • Evaluation Resources

University of Wisconsin-Extension Program Development and Evaluation 

  • Click on Evaluation for most of the available resources. “Evaluation is a core function of University of Wisconsin-Extension Cooperative Extension with support provided by the Program Development and Evaluation Unit (PDE).”
  • Free Quick Tips “provide the faculty and staff of Cooperative Extension with easy-to-use, practical suggestions for improving their program development and evaluation practices. They are generally one or two pages in length, free of confusing jargon and based on basic, solid principles of program development and evaluation.  Each suggests sources for further reading for people who are interested in greater detail.”
  • Quick Tips are organized in categories: Plan your evaluation, Collect information, Analyze & interpret information, Communicate results, Improve your evaluation quality, and Retrospective post-then-pre.

Western Michigan University Evaluation Center

  • “The Evaluation Center is committed to advancing the theory, practice, and utilization of evaluation through research, education, service, and leadership.”
  • Home of the free Evaluation Checklists, “to improve the quality and consistency of evaluations and enhance evaluation capacity through the promotion and use of high-quality checklists targeted to specific evaluation tasks and approaches.”


Sheila’s Evaluation Planning Question Bank

Sheila’s Evaluation Questions Bank


Developing a Process-Evaluation Plan for Assessing Health Promotion Program Implementation: A How-To Guide

Formative, Summative, Performance, Impact: What Does it All Mean?

  • Includes a set of questions on evaluation planning as well as explanations of different types of evaluation

Quality Criteria for Evaluation Plans

Three Tips for a Strong NSF Proposal Evaluation Plan


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