All programs aim to make a difference. An outcome evaluation can measure that difference by determining the impact of a program on its participants, the community, or even the provider.
This brief outlines the components of a typical outcome evaluation, including—
- Developing a theory of change that describes how program outcomes are achieved
- Developing a logic model that depicts pathways of change, linking activities to outcomes
- Designing a rigorous but feasible evaluation plan
- Implementing the evaluation plan
- Analyzing and interpreting the data
- Reporting and disseminating the findings