Evaluation is the systematic collection and analysis of information about program activities, characteristics, and outcomes. Evaluation is also Step 5 of SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). Learn more about applying the SPF.
Contact the following evaluation organizations for help with your prevention intervention or program:
- The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation.
- The Center for Prevention Research and Development is a unit within the University of Illinois dedicated to the application of research to public service. They provide training and technical assistance in a variety of areas, including program development and evaluation, school-based assessment, grant writing, and database management.
- Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network SEARCH (CYFERnet SEARCH) is an innovative evaluation capacity-building website, launched by the CYFERnet Evaluation Team at the University of Arizona. CYFERnet SEARCH is supported by a Children, Youth, and Families at Risk grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
- Community Tool Box at the University of Kansas is website that contains numerous how-to tools designed to help practitioners with the different tasks necessary for community health and development. There are sections on leadership, strategic planning, community assessment, advocacy, grant writing, and evaluation.
- The Department of Education’s Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development evaluates the performance of selected Department of Education programs and services to determine their effectiveness, efficiency, and equity. The site contains numerous evaluation tools and links.
- The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University is dedicated to providing national and international leadership for advancing the theory and practice of program, personnel, and student/constituent evaluation as applied primarily to education and human services. The Center’s principal activities are research, development, dissemination, service, instruction, and leadership.
- The Evaluators’ Institute offers short-term professional development courses for practicing evaluators. This site provides course, schedule, faculty, accommodations, registration, and contact information.
- The Harvard Family Research Project’s Evaluation Exchange is a periodical designed to address current issues facing program evaluators of all levels, containing articles written by the most prominent evaluators in the field. Issues addressed include innovative methods and approaches to evaluation, emerging trends in evaluation practice, and practical applications of evaluation theory.
- The Online Evaluation Resource Library (OERL) is for professionals seeking to design, conduct, document, or review project evaluations. This online library, funded by the National Science Foundation, contains a large collection of plans, reports, and instruments from past and current project evaluations in several content areas. OERL also contains guidelines for how to improve evaluation practice, alignment tables that contain evaluation criteria, and a glossary.
- Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation (PARE) is an online journal designed to provide education professionals access to articles that can have a positive impact on assessment, research evaluation, and teaching practices, especially at the local education agency level.
- The Program Development and Evaluation Unit at the University of Wisconsin-Extension contains many helpful evaluation resources, including numerous “quick tips,” fact sheets, lists of evaluation publications, and program development materials.
- The Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the well-being of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application. At the heart of the institute’s work is the framework of 40 developmental assets—positive experiences, relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. The Search Institute offers a variety of services, including a survey services unit that gives school districts and communities comprehensive profiles of their youth based on the framework of developmental assets.