If you provide adult education and/or employment and training programs, Women Employed can provide program evaluation services to help you ensure your programs are effective.
What is Program Evaluation?
Program evaluation is a systematic method for collecting, analyzing, and using information to answer questions about projects, policies, and programs, particularly about their effectiveness and efficiency.
As an investment in adult education and employment & training programs continues to increase, it is equally important to know if those resources are being spent wisely. While working with non-profit community-based organizations, Women Employed (WE) found that many implementers of programming and policy openly acknowledged the need for improved monitoring and evaluation practices.
Reasons to Evaluate Programming:
- How well is the program working?
- How can programming be improved?
- Is the program worthwhile?
- Are there alternatives that would be better?
- Are there unintended consequences?
- Are the program goals appropriate and useful?
Because different questions and program models lend themselves to different evaluation methods, Women Employed works with organizations to clearly define the evaluation model to maximize effectiveness and impact. Some of the evaluations that we currently conduct are:
Impact evaluations can assess intended and unintended changes that may be attributed to a particular intervention. Women Employed helps organizations answer key questions for future programming such as: what works, for what subgroup, and at what cost?
By examining a program’s planning, implementation, monitoring, quality, and improvement activities, Women Employed determines relationships between components and outcomes and can provide recommendations for better achieving goals, maximizing resources, and increasing impact. These evaluations are often used to determine whether or not a program should be continued, expanded, refined, or eliminated.
Outcome evaluations can measure the change that has occurred as a result of a program implementation or intervention. An outcome evaluation may confirm, for example, the number of people who received job readiness training or the resulting increase or decrease in employment retention as a result of that training.
Mixed-method evaluations can integrate quantitative and qualitative approaches, to strengthen data reliability, validate findings and recommendations, and broaden and deepen understanding of how or why specific outcomes are achieved. The immediate goal of mixed evaluations helps organizations implement incremental improvements that can make a program more successful.
To learn more about program evaluations or to discuss how we can help you collect, analyze, and interpret data, contact Shirlondra Brooks, Senior Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, (312) 782-3902 Ext 252.