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1 Program Evaluation Why is it so important? Carol Pilcher Department of Entomology Iowa State University

2 Evaluation Answers the so what question. What difference does your program make for the participants? Determines the worth of a program.

3 Program Evaluation No longer an option… Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) –1993 –Requires strategic plans and numerical assessments –Requires accountability in government organizations

4 Program Evaluation No longer an option… Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) Plan of Work (POW) OMB PART POW OMB PART POW OMB

5 Purpose (20%) Planning (10%) Management (20%) Results (50%) Program Funding Level (dollars in millions) Agency/Program TitleSection 1 Section 2Section 3 Section 4Rating 2005 Actual 2006 Enacted 2007 Request Agricultural Crops Counter Cyclical Payments80%86%71%60%Adequate2,7715,8936,661 Conservation Reserve Program100%63%57%67%Moderately Effective1,9372,0212,192 Conservation Technical Assistance80%63%100%34% Results Not Demonstrated Dairy Price Support Program40%63%100%26% Results Not Demonstrated Direct Crop Payments40%84% 60%Adequate5,2345,237 Economic Research Service100% 73%Effective Emergency Pest and Disease Management Programs100% 67%Moderately Effective Emergency Watershed Protection Program80%63%100%27% Results Not Demonstrated Environmental Quality Incentives Program100%88%100%47%Moderately Effective9501,0171,000 PART

6 Systems Approach Bennetts Hierarchy (1976) Logic Model –(Cooperative Extension, University of Wisconsin) (1995)

7 Bennetts Hierarchy Amount of Learning Outcomes Inputs Participation Outcomes Behavioral Change Reactions Activities

8 Measuring Level of Impact Bennetts Hierarchy of Evidence –Impacts at higher levels of hierarchy demonstrate greater accountability

9 Logic Model University of Wisconsin-Extension

10 Effective Program Evaluation Summary of Accomplishments –Use your program evaluation to summarize your complex program communicate with funding agencies, stakeholders, and other audiences. –Summarize the worth of your program –Summarize the difference your program made for the participants

11 Evaluation… The voyage is worth taking because the potential rewards include making a meaningful difference in effectiveness of important programs… (Patton, 1997)


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