Evaluating your program is a way to answer important questions you have about your program. Examples of these questions could be:
- What have we done?
- How well have we done it?
- How effective has our program been?
Of course, there are other people who are interested in answering these same questions. Your program funder might want to know that you have met your program goals. Program participants might want to know that participating will improve their lives. Your colleagues will also be interested in learning if your program worked well. Advantages to doing an evaluation of the Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES) program include the opportunity to demonstrate effectiveness, make corrections to the curriculum if necessary, identifies program strengths, and many others.
There are several measurement tools that are useful for evaluating the effects of the YES program. These include pre- and post-test questionnaires, a process evaluation questionnaire, fidelity observation forms, and teacher logs.
These tools are contained in our YES Evaluation Guide. To learn more about the guide, and to download it from University of Michigan TechTransfer, visit our evaluation page.