Week 7 Assignment

b)  Use your new understanding about evaluations to address this question: Which evaluation model from chapter 5 would you choose for your own Evaluation Report-Course Project? Explain your choice.

After reading Chapter 5, initially there were two models that I was leaning toward for my Evaluation Report-Course Project.  The two models were the Decision-Making Model and the Goal-Based Model.  There were aspects of both that I thought would fit my project as well as parts that made me question if it was the best model.  First, the Decision-Making Model is used to make decisions about the future of the project which would be useful.  I just don’t agree with not worrying about how it is performing presently, though.  Second, the Goal-Based Model is based on the goals and objectives of the project, but I was unsure of the fact that it talked about the change or growth of clients since that isn’t relative to my project.  The evaluation of the Fun Run project could be used to make a decision, but the overall purpose is whether the goal of raising $11,000 was met or not met.  After re-reading both explanations multiple times, I would choose the Goal-Based Model for my Evaluation Report-Course Project simply due to the fact that the model is based on the goals and objectives of the project.  It will be fairly easy to see if the money goal was met, but I will be able to use both qualitative and quantitative methods to measure different variables of the fundraiser.  My surveys to the stakeholders will be the qualitative research and the data I gather from the funds raised compared with the expenses will be the quantitative research.  The results of the qualitative research can be used to find areas that can be improved for the future fundraisers that are held.  It should also point out areas that are working well.  If the reason for the evaluation was to decide whether or not the Fun Run should continue in the future, the Decision-Making Model would have been the model I would have chosen.  I feel that the Goal-Based Model is the best fit for my specific project that is objective based.   

c)  Create and do your own assignment. Come up with an assignment directly connected to this week’s Internet readings and/or chapter 5 topics. Then actually do and submit that assignment.

Assignment Directions:  Go to page 98 in the B & D text and answer the three questions (250 word minimum).

  1. What are some of the more popular evaluation models?

Some of the more popular evaluation models include the Discrepancy Model (compliance with standards), the Goal-Free Model (program goals not the criteria, usefulness and impact on the clients is the focus), the Transaction Model (understanding the program), and the Decision-Making Model (to make a decision about the future of the program).  Other models include the Systems Analysis Model (efficiency and effectiveness), the Art Criticism Model (critical reflection and improve standards), the Adversary Model (resolution of differences of opinion), and the Goal-Based Model (efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of goals).

  1. What are the component parts of an evaluation format?

After choosing an evaluation model, the evaluation design format introduces the components that may occur in the evaluation.  The component parts include the evaluation questions,the program objectives, the activities, the data source, the sample, the data collection design, the responsibility, the data analysis, and the audience.  Not all components will appear in every model but most are commonly found in all models.  

  1. What are the basic differences between research and evaluation?

There are many basic differences between research and evaluation.  An evaluation’s purpose is to provide the results to the stakeholders for the purpose of improvement of the program or project whereas the purpose of research is to collect data, present results, and draw conclusions from observable situations.  Research uses the scientific method.  It controls variables in order to explain and predict results.  Research is knowledge based and attempts to expand knowledge.  Evaluation is far different.  Although you still may gain knowledge through the evaluation process, the goal of the evaluation process is to learn what is going on with a program or project for the stakeholders, or the people who are interested in the program.