Resources

Self-Assessment

Reflect on your evaluation knowledge, skills, and dispositions using the Essential Competencies for Program Evaluation Self-Assessment Tool [PDF].

Evaluation Blogs

Censemaking
A blog by Cameron Norman,a designer, a scientist, evaluator, an educator and a health promotion professional who is passionately committed to using design and systems thinking to help navigate complexity and create vibrant, healthy organizations and communities.

Eval Central
A dynamic resource that ties together feeds from a large number of evaluation blogs. It is a blog of blogs.

EvalBlog
John Gargani is the President and Founder of Gargani + Company, Inc., a program design and evaluation firm located in Berkeley, California. He helps clients—nonprofit organizations, foundations, corporations, and government agencies—achieve their social missions. He shares his knowledge of program design and evaluation in his blog, published articles, workshops, and speaking engagements.

Professional Associations

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.

Minnesota Evaluation Association
The Mission of Minnesota Evaluation Association (MN EA) is to promote and improve the theory, practice, understanding and use of evaluation and its contribution to the community.

Evaluation Companies

To find evaluation organizations in your area, visit the American Evaluation Association’s find an evaluator page or the Minnesota Evaluation Association’s find an evaluator page.

Online Resources

AEA 365—Hot Tips, Cool Tricks, Rad Resources, and Lessons Learned for evaluators

AEA Resource Library—a comprehensive source of online evaluation resources from instruments and tools, to link collections, consultants, e-mail lists, online handbooks and texts.

Center for Disease Control Evaluation Working Group— Ethics, Manuals, Logic Models

Evaluation Portal—a portal of web resources including tools, journals, information on how to do evaluation, glossaries, and other link collections

Evaluation Center—offers glossaries, a self-assessment instrument, evaluator directory and an evaluation library.

Online Evaluation Resource Library—a collection of evaluation plans, instruments, and reports for NSF projects that can be used as examples by Principal Investigators, project evaluators, and others outside the NSF community as they design proposals and projects. In addition, professional development modules are available that can be used to better understand and utilize the materials.

Program Development and Evaluation—provides evaluation resources such as online courses, planning booklet, tip sheets, publications and instruments

Online Handbooks & How-Tos

Evaluation Handbook (Kellogg Foundation) – outlines a blueprint for designing, conducting and utilizing an evaluation.

Planning a Program Evaluation [PDF] (University of Wisconsin Extension) – includes work sheets to help focus an evaluation, collect data and manage an evaluation.H

User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation [PDF] (National Science Foundation) – is an excellent introduction to what evaluation is, steps in the evaluation process, developing culturally-sensitive evaluations and additional resources.