Evaluation Framework Design
CHASR evaluation specialists are available to provide consultation on the planning and design of your program evaluation. Working collaboratively with our researchers and clients to fully understand their program, we can develop or consult on:
- Evaluation frameworks/plans: Identifies the “who”, “what”, “when”, and “how” of your evaluation plan. Provides a narrative of the evaluation components and outlines the details of your data collection strategy. Can plan for a single evaluative time point or can be phased across several years.
- Evaluation matrices: A simple-to-follow guide on what questions you want answered, what metrics you will collect, how you will collect them, and how you will use them to answer your evaluation questions.
- Logic models/theory of change: A graphical depiction of the intended chain of cause-effect events and outcomes of a program. Displays the inputs and activities of a program and identifies their relationship with the intended short- and long-term outcomes and impacts.
CHASR employs experienced specialists trained in program evaluation who can design and implement top-notch evaluations at competitive pricing. CHASR uniquely provides access to facilities and expertise in various areas (i.e., survey design, interviews and focus groups, mapping and data visualizations) that can augment the quality and usability of your evaluation. Whether a beginning-to-end evaluation or a tailor-made format is preferred, CHASR’s experienced evaluators can work collaboratively with you to ensure your evaluation needs are met.
Needs assessments are a type of evaluation that can assist in identifying priorities for program or policy development or improvement. CHASR evaluators can design and implement a needs assessment employing best practices in program evaluation to identify the needs of a population, gaps in existing services, or assist in decision-making regarding resource allocation. CHASR draws from a range of methods (i.e., surveys, observations, focus groups, interviews) to conduct their evaluations.
Outcome and Impact Evaluations
Outcome and impact evaluations are used to discover if a program is producing the intended results. CHASR can assist you in identifying your intended outcomes through the development of a logic model or theory of change. Using these theory-based tools and a range of data collection methods (i.e., surveys, observations, focus groups, interviews), CHASR evaluators can highlight your program’s success and provide recommendations for achieving even greater impacts.
CHASR can offer:
- Formative evaluations: Evaluations that are conducted to gauge the early successes of a program and can be used to improve or strengthen a program to ensure continued success and the achievement of long-term goals and high-level impacts.
- Summative evaluations: Evaluations that tend to be conducted as a program approaches the end of a funding cycle or a logical stopping point. The evaluation determines if the program produced its intended outcomes and identifies the overall value or merit of the program. Summative evaluations can assist in determining if a program should continue, expand, or be altered.