This document includes an annotated list of organizations on evaluation. Many of these provide training and technical assistance.
American Evaluation Association
The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation.
Center for Prevention Research and Development
The Center for Prevention Research and Development is a unit within the University of Illinois dedicated to the application of research to public service. They provide training and technical assistance in a variety of areas, including program development and evaluation, school-based assessment, grantwriting, and database management.
Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network (CYFERnet)
CYFERnet’s Evaluation section includes practical tools that you can use to evaluate community-based programs, information on how community programs can be sustained, and assessments of organizational support for work in the areas of children, youth, and families.
Empowerment Evaluation Institute
The Empowerment Evaluation Institute is devoted to the development and application of empowerment—or self-evaluation—activities. Empowerment evaluators serve as coaches helping others learn how to evaluate their own programs in order to improve program practice. The site contains an overview of this evaluation approach and a Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation topical interest group web page.
The Evaluation Center, housed at Western Michigan University, is dedicated to providing national and international leadership for advancing the theory and practice of program, personnel, and student/constituent evaluation as applied primarily to education and human services. The Center’s principal activities are research, development, dissemination, service, instruction, and leadership.
The Evaluators’ Institute offers short-term professional development courses for practicing evaluators. This site provides course, schedule, faculty, accommodations, registration, and contact information.
Harvard Family Research Project’s Evaluation Exchange
The Evaluation Exchange is a periodical designed to address current issues facing program evaluators of all levels, containing articles written by the most prominent evaluators in the field. Issues addressed include innovative methods and approaches to evaluation, emerging trends in evaluation practice, and practical applications of evaluation theory.
Online Evaluation Resource Library (OERL)
Funded by the National Science Foundation, this library is for professionals seeking to design, conduct, document, or review project evaluations. The site contains a large collection of sound plans, reports, and instruments from past and current project evaluations in several content areas, as well as guidelines for how to improve evaluation practice using the website resources, alignment tables that contain evaluation criteria, and a glossary.
Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation
PARE is an online journal designed to provide education professionals access to refereed articles that can have a positive impact on assessment, research evaluation, and teaching practices, especially at the local education agency level.
Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the well-being of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application. At the heart of the institute’s work is the framework of 40 developmental assets—positive experiences, relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. The Search Institute offers a variety of services, including a survey services unit that gives school districts and communities comprehensive profiles of their youth based on the framework of developmental assets.
Sociometrics Corporation is a for-profit research and development firm specializing in social science research applications. Their evaluation division conducts studies and provides technical assistance to determine if a social intervention program is doing what it set out to do and if, in so doing, it is meeting its short term goals and long term objectives.
United Way of America’s Outcome Measurement Resource Network
Designed to provide United Way of America’s (UWA) and other organizations with outcome measurement resources and learnings, this site contains descriptions of current UWA initiatives, outcome measurement resources, pricing, and ordering information, and an online resource library.
University of Kansas’s Community Tool Box
The Community Tool Box website contains numerous how-to tools designed to help practitioners with the different tasks necessary for community health and development. There are sections on leadership, strategic planning, community assessment, advocacy, grantwriting, and evaluation.
University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension’s Program Development and Evaluation Unit
This site contains many helpful evaluation resources, including numerous “quick tips,” fact sheets, lists of evaluation publications, and program development materials.
U.S. Department of Education's Planning and Evaluation Service
The Planning and Evaluation Service evaluates the performance of selected Department of Education programs and services to determine their effectiveness, efficiency, and equity. The site contains numerous evaluation tools and links.
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