Focusing an Evaluation
This session will focus on how to develop key evaluation questions. Key evaluation questions provide the focus for any evaluation by explicating the questions the evaluation seeks to answer. You will learn strategies for how to develop and prioritize key evaluation questions, how to word key evaluation questions, and how to ensure key stakeholders are engaged in the evaluation design. In addition, will discuss how to use key evaluation questions to guide the selection of evaluation methods.
Designing and Conducting Surveys for Evaluation
This session will focus on designing and conducting surveys to answer one or more key evaluation questions. We will discuss the best circumstances to utilize surveys, possible question types, question wording and ordering strategies, survey logistics (e.g., sampling and distribution), and provide an introduction to basic quantitative data analysis.
Designing and Conducting Qualitative Evaluations
This session will focus on designing and conducting focus groups and interviews to answer one or more key evaluation questions. We will discuss the best circumstances to utilize qualitative tools, possible question types, question wording and ordering strategies, facilitation and logistics, and provide an introduction to basic qualitative data analysis.
Lessons Learned and Next Steps
In the last session, participants will have an opportunity to present their final projects. Then we will discuss key lessons learned from the course and next steps, with a focus on how to integrate multiple sources of data.
Webcast Homework Assignment
You will complete four homework assignments during the course. The homework will give you an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned during the webcast sessions to your center.
Small Group Session
You and 4-5 peers will work with Vantage on assignments, questions and gather feedback. Work through challenges and support each other as you complete the final project.
You’ll benefit from one-hour of one-on-one time working with Vantage. Get more targeted feedback and discuss your unique challenges at your center.
Each assignment builds up to a final project during which you’ll execute either a survey or qualitative tool to answer one or more of your key evaluation questions.