Set the stage for purposeful evaluation

Your evaluation is only as effective as the planning that comes before it. To get valid and reliable findings that you can use to improve your magnet program, focus your evaluation on established program objectives, engage a strong evaluation team, and establish effective communication processes right from the start.

Sheila Arens, an evaluator from McREL, and Tom Watkins, program evaluator for St. Paul Public Schools, discuss how to choose an evaluator and the need to establish ongoing communication and clear roles among the team.

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Key Actions

Identify what you need from an evaluation

Partner with an evaluator who will meet your specific needs

Create communication pathways between key staff and evaluators


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