The evaluation plan consists of six steps (Scriven, 1998). It begins with stakeholders’ engagement whereby a population based health program involves a partnership therefore partners’ value systems need to be considered for the evaluation in order to address significant aspects of the program’s operations, goals, and outcomes. There are three groups of stakeholders to be involved.
Individuals concerned with program operations such as sponsors, administrators, staff and managers, individuals affected by operations of the program such as clients, neighbourhood organizations, and learning institutions, and individuals who are in a position to make decisions concerning the program. Step two is description of program to ensure understanding of its goals and strategies which will set the basis of reference for the evaluation decisions hence the stakeholders need to agree on the definition of the program (Fitzpatrick & Morris, 1999).
The third step should focus on the evaluation design which should assess the stakeholders’ issues with greatest concern while utilizing resources and time efficiently. This is significant because when data collection starts it is difficult to change the procedures (Bickman & Rog, 1998). The fourth step will involve collection of credible evidence. The information collected should be a true picture of the program which will be relevant during decision making.
Specialist consultations are done on the evaluation methodology and stakeholders’ participation should be encouraged which will assist in collection of credible evidence (Bickman & Rog, 1998). The fifth step is justification of conclusions on the basis of collected evidence and on the agreed standards and values by stakeholders. Justification of the results should be agreed upon by the stakeholders (Scriven, 1998). The last step is to share any lessons learnt and utilization of the evaluation results whereby use and dissemination of the evaluation results should be done appropriately.
Moreover, documentation of the evaluation is significant therefore it should accurately be done (Fitzpatrick & Morris, 1999). Work cited Fitzpatrick, J. L. , & Morris, M. (1999). Current and emerging ethical challenges in evaluation. New Directions for Program Evaluation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Scriven, M. (1998). Minimalist theory of evaluation: the least theory that practice requires. American Journal of Evaluation, 19:57-70 Bickman, L. , Rog, D. J. (1998). Handbook of applied social research methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.