Evaluate outcomes to show your program is making a difference

An outcome evaluation focuses on end results: "Did we meet our program goals?" and "Did the program produce valuable changes?" The level of rigor in your evaluation design determines the extent to which you can attribute results to your particular program. Establishing a unique treatment and linking appropriate measures to your outcomes are also important for assessing your program's impact.

Geoffrey Borman, professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains important considerations for selecting the most rigorous design possible for your outcome evaluation.

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Key Actions

Design the most rigorous evaluation possible

Define a unique treatment

Identify outcome measures and instruments


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