Methodologies for Program Evaluation
Evaluations of programs are critical to understanding their effectiveness and impacts. Giancola (2015) states that there are several main purposes for program evaluations. These include the assessment of program impact and effectiveness, identification of areas for improvement, future development and accountability to all stakeholders. You must choose the right approach and tools in order to evaluate programs effectively. Peurachm et al. (2018) discuss a range of evaluation methods, which include quasi-experimental, experimental and traditional designs. A pre-kindergarten program that prepares children to succeed in primary school is one example of a program in the Early Childhood Education field in which evaluation and modification are needed. Data on the program might include data from academic assessments to teacher and parent surveys and observation of students’ behavior and engagement. The program’s specific goals and objectives, target population, and other confounding variables must be identified in order to plan the evaluation. To measure program effectiveness, you might use standardized academic assessments or classroom observations. You could also conduct surveys with parents, students and teachers.