Independent program evaluations are designed to produce objective evidence on program performance. Critical to a rigorous evaluation is the development, during the evaluation planning phase, of a logic model that clarifies the expected relationships between program activities, processes, and outcomes and becomes the operational “framework” for the program and its evaluation. PolicyWorks, Ltd. excels in facilitating this process with clients who achieve heightened clarity and focus that strengthens program management.
We provide expertise in all phases of program evaluation including reviews of current research and practice literature, study design, implementation of single- and multi-site evaluations, data collection and management technologies, and synthesis of findings, including policy and practice implications. We have served as the independent, external evaluator for federally-funded, multi-year demonstration projects in the areas of substance abuse prevention, school safety, delinquency prevention, child welfare (adoption, foster care, and independent living), and healthy marriage.
We also offer practical technical assistance to organizations in establishing their own quality assurance and internal evaluation systems designed to enhance performance management.