Learning and Evaluation/Other resources
A collection of resources related to evaluation and design. Please help expand this list with your favorite source - in any language. Resources are in English unless otherwise stated. Wikipedia links are provided as available.
These organizations can support any type of organizational or program evaluation.
These organizations can support Wikipedia Education Program evaluation processes.
- American Educational Research Association: a professional organization for educational researchers.
Journals and books related to evaluation and design.
- John Bulmetis / Phyllis Dutwin: The ABCs of Evaluation: timeless techniques for program and project managers, third edition, San Francisco 2011
- Chen, Huey T. Practical Program Evaluation: Assessing and Improving Planning, Implementation, and Effectiveness
- A detailed guidebook with a great guide on how to determine which kinds of evaluation practices to use during and after your program.
- Fetterman, David M., Shakeh J. Kaftarian, Abraham Wandersman. Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-Assessment and Accountability.
- Free! Frechtling, J. The 2010 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation
- An online handbook created for the National Science Foundation that provides a brief overview of program evaluation from creation to implementation.
- Harry P. Hatry / United Way of America. Task Force on Impact: Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach, Alexandria, Va. 1996
- Herman, Joan L. Program Evaluation Kit
- An epic, 9 volume book about all things program evaluation. A big investment, with big pay off.
- The ultimate guide on how to use empowerment evaluation.
- Holden, Debra J. and Dr. Marc A. Zimmerman. A Practical Guide to Program Evaluation Planning: Theory and Case Examples
- This brief book can help you plan a program evaluation - from start to finish - for any organization or program.
- Patton, Michael Quinn. Utilization-Focused Evaluation
- An important evaluation guide, which covers many topics. Topics include how to identify evaluation users, how to make decisions about what methods to use, how to analyze data, and how to present your findings.
- Grantmakers for Effective Organizations: Four Essentials for Evaluation, Washington D.C. 2012
- A free online textbook that is all about the glory of statistics and how to use it.
- Fink, Arlene G. The Survey Kit
- The ultimate how to create, develop, execute and report a survey.
- Focused around social research, a lot can be learned here in order to develop questions for surveys and what kind of data to collect.
- → The origin of storytelling
- → Story frames, with a focus on news-worthiness.
- → The uses of the story.
- → Case studies.
- «Three tips on telling stories that move people to action» (blog) by Paul VanDeCarr on Philantry.com
- «Building bridges using narrative technique» (story guide) by Sparknow.net
- → Differences between a report and a story
- → Question guides and exercises.
- → Developing a strategy
- → Collaboration mechanisms
- → Knowledge sharing and learning
- → Capturing and storing knowledge.
Blogs, websites, etc.
- Free Resources for Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods
- Many useful process tools and guides for evaluative inquiry
- Appreciative inquiry
- Carla Forrest on Using Appreciative Approaches to Drive Workplace Performance shows how you can use appreciative inquiry in your chapter or affiliate.
Tips and tricks about planning and evaluating conferences.
- Coping with failure or negative evaluation results
- Vardhani Ratnala on Managing Conflict Following Negative Evaluation Findings
- Trina Willard on Presenting the Power of Bad News
- Language testing
Testing your evaluations to make sure they are translatable across language is important!