General Evaluation Portals

The following is a list of general online evaluation portals, which include an array of resources and guides:

  • The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is the premier international association of evaluators and is devoted to the application and exploration of program and other forms of evaluation. It has a very active public discussion board called EVALTALK and also includes the following:
    • The AEA eLibrary of presentations made at its annual conventions
    • Guiding Principles for Evaluators, which describes the professional practice of evaluators and what clients and the public can expect from the evaluators with whom they work
    • Searchable links to local evaluators
    • Links to other Web-based resources on evaluation such as handbooks and textbooks
  • Evaluation Guides by David Fetterman provides links to and resources organized under numerous headings: appreciative inquiry, basics of evaluation, collaborative and participatory evaluation, development, empowerment evaluation, mixed-methods, outcomes, planning, qualitative methods, questionnaire design, sampling and surveying, statistics and quantitative methods, technology, toolkits, and value of evaluation.
  • The Evaluation Portal Link Collection website was developed and is maintained by Lars Balzer, head of the evaluation unit at the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training. It provides links to categorized information about evaluation and, to a lesser extent, social science methods. It contains links to evaluation journals, books, tools (online surveys, statistical software), checklists, handbooks, approaches, resources sorted by topic, societies, and glossaries.
  • Free Resources for Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods, developed by Gene Shackman and hosted by the International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication, lists free resources for program evaluation and social research methods. The focus is on “how-to” do evaluation research and the methods used: surveys, focus groups, sampling, interviews, and other methods. Links also are provided to sites related to statistical tools, analysis, and software. Most of the links are to resources available free via the Internet. Those not accessible online also are free.
  • Other Evaluation Resources at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of the Associate Director for Program Evaluation provides links to a very wide range of resources from government, nonprofit, and academic sources. The resources are organized around:
    • General step-by-step evaluation manuals
    • Manuals related to logic models and data collection methods and sources
    • Manuals pertaining to specific types of programs or interventions
    • Websites offering comprehensive evaluation resources and assistance
    • Key professional associations
    • Key journals
Last Updated: 09/24/2015