Program evaluation is a collaborative process. The first step is to contact one of our program evaluators. They will start by learning about your program (or proposed program) and will work with you to design an evaluation plan that will provide you and your stakeholders with the information you need.
This initial design step often involves a process of articulating the goals and outcomes of the program; hence, it can be beneficial for the evaluation team to be involved in the early stages of program development.
Based on this evaluation plan, internal evaluators will design instruments and procedures that will provide useful information about your program’s progress towards its goals and how the program can be improved. The program evaluation team will gather both quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of sources to serve your needs.
Our primary purpose is to provide timely and constructive information that you can apply to decisions concerning your program.
Findings may be shared at various stages of the evaluation process as needed. For example, during program implementation, evaluators can provide formative evaluation findings so that program staff can make immediate, data-based decisions about program implementation and delivery.
In addition, evaluators can, towards the end of a program or upon its completion, provide cumulative and summative evaluation findings, often required by funding agencies and used to make decisions about program continuation or expansion.
Who We Are
Internal Evaluation Services (IES) provides service oriented program evaluation. Our team supports educators, staff, and researchers in the development and improvement of educational programs through data-based inquiry. Arrange a meeting to find out how we can help you write a proposal or learn how you can increase your program's effectiveness.
What We Do
Services include consulting, design of evaluation plans for proposals; formative and summative evaluation strategies; quantitative data collection and analysis, such as surveys, demographic information, and student records; qualitative data collection and analysis, such as interviews, focus groups, and observations, and tailored programmatic reporting. We also provide support in developing metrics and other success measures.
Why Contact Us
IES offers valuable program development services to help units achieve operational excellence. With support from the Office of Research Resources, our services are free of charge to the campus community.
Grants require approved evaluation plans. Evaluation planning is a critical component of project management. The evaluation plan should:
Clearly articulate the goals and objectives of the project, and do the following:
- Identify the activities and strategies that will be implemented to achieve the goals and objectives
- Specify the methodologies and data sets that will be used to evaluate the project's progress and accomplishments.
The plan should also provide managers with a framework for analyzing project operations and ensuring necessary data is generated to evaluate the project and effectively complete the grant Final Report. Grantees must submit an approved evaluation plan by the end of the first milestone reporting period. Grantees cannot receive a second grant payment until their evaluation plan is approved.
Here are some additional resources to help you with planning the evaluation of your broader impacts plans:
Resources on STEM Learning Outcomes