Implementing an Evaluation

Implementing an evaluation involves executing the steps detailed in your evaluation plan.


Basic Steps of an Evaluation

AmeriCorps State & National

Basic Steps in Conducting an Evaluation: This course describes the basic steps for conducting an evaluation including planning, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating and applying findings.

  • Evaluation Basic Steps Slides (PDF) (PPT)
  • Evaluation Basic Steps Prework (PDF)
  • Evaluation Basic Steps Handouts with Examples (PDF)
  • Access the recording of the Basic Steps of Evaluation presentation held on November 18, 2014 here. (Description of audio.)

Data Collection

AmeriCorps State & National

Data Collection: This course will address key questions to consider prior to selecting a data collection method; the importance of selecting appropriate methods; the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of methods; and the difference between quantitative and qualitative methods and their roles in process and outcome evaluations.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): These notes summarize a presentation made to School Turnaround AmeriCorps grantees about obtaining and sharing data with schools while adhering to FERPA privacy laws. The handout, from the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at the Department of Education, provides more detailed information on navigating FERPA.

  • Presenation to School Turnaround Grantees (PDF)
  • Handout from the PTAC (PDF)
Social Innovation Fund (SIF)
  • SIF Secondary/Administrative Data Use: Accessing Restricted-Use Data (PDF)

Managing an Evaluation

AmeriCorps State & National

Managing an External Evaluation: This presentation describes how to manage an external evaluation and is intended for grantees that are considering or will be undertaking an external evaluation of their program.

  • Managing an External Evaluation webinar (PDF) (PPT)
  • Example Statement of Work (PDF) (DOC)
  • Sample Evaluation RFP (PDF) (DOC)
  • Sample Evaluator Assessment Form (PDF) (DOC)
  • Group Exercise (PDF) (DOC)
  • Access the recording of the How to Manage an External Evaluation presentation held on March 19, 2015 here. (Description of audio.)
Social Innovation Fund (SIF)
  • Evaluation Implementation Monitoring Tool (PDF)


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