What Is Evaluation?
“The systematic collection of information about the activities, characteristics, and outcomes of programs to make judgments about the program, improve program effectiveness, and/or inform decisions about future programming.”
(Patton, Utilization-Focused Evaluation, 1997)
Why Is Evaluation Important?
- Program improvements
- Knowledge development
- Social justice: Are the most vulnerable populations receiving appropriate and effective services?
Why Is Local Evaluation Important?
- Provides the nation with information about systems of care, how they develop, and how they are sustained across time
- Provides detailed information about the children served, their families, and their experiences with systems of care
- Offers objective picture of what works and what doesn’t work locally and nationally
- Information may be used locally and nationally to leverage additional funding
How Communities Can Use the National Evaluation?
Use as a Data Feedback Loop to Ensure Continuous Quality Improvement
- Information drawn from the national evaluation and local evaluation efforts are used to provide information about:
- The service system
- Who is being served
- How the service system and children who are being served change across time
- National evaluation and other local data are used to:
- Inform program decisions
- Improve service delivery
- Implement quality control
- Expand service provision
Will update shortly.
For more information about the national evaluation, contact Local Evaluator, Mohua Hazra at
or 601.544.4641 ext.183