Measuring your program’s progress and outcomes is essential for maintaining accountability and proving its effectiveness. Also, sharing information about progress and setbacks adds to the evidence base for continuing your program and for starting similar programs at other sites.1–3 Creating an evaluation plan before beginning the program, regularly monitoring progress, collecting data on multiple outcomes over time and analyzing and reporting major outcomes will maximize the impact of your findings. HERO and the Population Health Alliance have created a measurement and evaluation guide that can help you create an evaluation plan.4

Working Well: Tips to Improve Evaluation
and Outcome Reporting

Have an evaluation plan before the program is started

Keep track of implementation as you go, so you can make changes as needed

Assign responsibility for data collection and schedule regular reports

Collect data on short-, intermediate- and long-term outcomes

Keep your audience in mind when preparing reports

  • Create an Evaluation Plan Before
    the Program Starts

  • Regularly Monitor Progress on
    Programmatic Implementation

  • Collect Data on Multiple Outcomes
    Over Time

  • Analyze and Report Major Outcomes

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