Monitoring and Evaluation
Where will I find the Toolkit section?
Monitoring and Evaluating Progress begins on p.38 of the Toolkit!
What will I find in the Toolkit Section?
- An introduction to general frameworks for programmatic evaluation.
- Recommended tools for conducting a programmatic evaluation.
Why conduct monitoring and evaluation?
Measuring the success of your program at reaching its predefined outcomes and objectives is a crucial step towards addressing obesity disparities. An effective evaluation can help streamline activities, direct the prudent use of resources, or improve performance. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation, and subsequent program refinements will ensure that your initiative is effective and sustainable over time.
When to conduct monitoring and evaluation?
Several types of program evaluations exist. The goals of your initiative, time frames, and funding resources will all factor into your decision regarding the types of evaluations to conduct (i.e. formative, process, impact, etc.). In general, if you are prepared to begin an evaluation the following steps will have been conducted:
- Program Assessment and Capacity Building
- Data Collection
- Partnership Building
- Development of a program through a Health Equity Lens
- Program Implementation (depending on type of evaluation)
Monitoring and evaluation should be an ongoing activity, integrated into your overall programmatic development and implementation. Inclusion of these activities is integral to overall considerations of sustainability.
How to conduct monitoring and evaluation?
The first step to conducting a successful evaluation is to choose an appropriate framework. Regardless of the type of evaluation, there are standard tasks to complete:
- Engage Stakeholders
- Describe the Program
- Focus the Evaluation Design
- Gather Credible Evidence
- Justify Conclusions
- Ensure Use and Share Lessons Learned
These general steps compose the basic model for The CDC Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health. See pp. 38-40 in the Toolkit for links to this and other evidence-based evaluation frameworks and strategies as well as planning tools and other resources.