Learning and Growing through Evaluation: Briefs

Evaluation briefs provide concise updates to the Learning and Growing Guide. We will add new topics periodically. To make suggestions for useful briefs, send an email to Maureen Wilce at mwilce@cdc.gov.

Enhanced Evaluation Framework [PDF – 325 KB] | HTML
As evaluators, our ability to be aware of ourselves, others, and the broader environments in which we work—the how of our practice—is equally as important as the technical steps we complete in an evaluation. This brief provides an overview of an enhanced version of CDC’s Evaluation Framework that supports the how of evaluation practice.

Foundational Documents for the Program Evaluation Field [PDF – 320 KB]
Four foundational documents provide guidance to the program evaluation field on how to evaluate programs well and ethically: The American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Guiding Principles for Evaluators, The Joint Committee for Standards in Educational Evaluation’s program evaluation standards, AEA’s Public Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation, and AEA’s evaluator competencies. This brief introduces you to those documents and includes links and resources for further study.

Performance Measurement & Program Evaluation: A Suite of Evaluative Insights [PDF – 724 KB] | HTML
One of the most frequently asked questions among new and even seasoned evaluators is “How are performance measurement and program evaluation related?” In this brief, we provide insights about the usefulness of these inquiry methods and describe how they complement one another.