Evaluation Toolkit

The Evaluation Toolkit provides online resources to assist with program evaluation. The tools include general evaluation resources, logic model and theory of change development, example evaluation studies, surveys and questionnaires, introductory statistics, and data management and statistical software.

General Resources

  • Basic Guide to Outcomes-Based Evaluation for Nonprofit Organizations with Very Limited Resources*
  • This document provides basic guidance, particularly to small nonprofits with very limited resources.

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Program Performance and Evaluation Office (PPEO)-Program Evaluation
  • The CDC Program Performance and Evaluation Office website offers evaluation resources related to logic models, data collection methods and sources, and evaluation of specific types of programs or interventions.

  • Community Tool Box*
  • This site offers practical, step-by-step guidance in community-building skills.

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services website offers resources related to program planning tools, evaluation definitions, and methodologies and case examples of sound evaluation practices.

  • Non-Researcher’s Guide to Evidence-Based Program Evaluation*
  • This course provides a basic overview of program evaluation, including the goals of evaluation, types of evaluation, and common study designs. It provides general guidance on how to successfully plan, conduct, and manage an evaluation. The course also covers how to address research quality and disseminate your findings so that the results of your evaluation will have maximum impact.

  • Research Methods Knowledge Base, Evaluation Research, Web Center for Social Research Methods
  • Provides an overview of what evaluation is and how it differs from social research. This website also introduces several evaluation models to give some perspective on evaluation endeavors.

  • Program Development and Evaluation, Planning a Program Evaluation, University of Wisconsin-Extension

  • This is a guide designed to help plan program evaluation and is organized into four major sections: focusing the evaluation, collecting the information, using the information, and managing the evaluation.


  • PEW Charitable Trusts, Results First Clearinghouse Database
  • This one-stop online resource provides an easy way to find information on the effectiveness of various interventions as rated by eight national research clearinghouses. Policy areas include adult criminal justice, child welfare, pre-K-12 education, health, juvenile justice, mental health, substance abuse, and youth development.

  • The Smart Start Resource Guide of Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Programs and Practices
  • This guide compiles the evidence basis for key activities of North Carolina’s Smart Start including, early care and education quality initiatives, child care subsidy, family support, early literacy, and health initiatives. Report: Howse, R. B., Trivette, C. M., Shindelar, L., Dunst, C. J., and The North Carolina Partnership for Children., Inc. (2013). The Smart Start Resource Guide of Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Programs and Practices: A Summary of Research Evidence. The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. Raleigh, NC.

  • Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness
  • The Department of Health and Human Services launched the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review to provide an assessment of home visiting program models that target families with pregnant women and children from birth to kindergarten entry.

    Website: http://homvee.acf.hhs.gov/

    Report: Avellar, S., Paulsell, D., Sama-Miller, E., Del Grosso, P., Akers, L., and Kleinman, R. (2016). Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness Review: Executive Summary. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Washington, DC.

  • Compendium of Evidenced-Based Parenting Interventions
  • The compendium of parenting interventions was commissioned by an interagency group of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to identify evidence-based parenting interventions most likely to be effective with families of young children.

    Website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2015/11/introducing-a-compendium-of-evidenced-based-parenting-interventions

    Report: National Center for Parent, Family and Community Engagement. (2015). Compendium of Parenting Interventions. Washington, D.C.: National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement, Office of Head Start, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

    Report: Halle, T., Paulsell, D., Daily, S., Douglass, A., Moodie, S., & Metz, A. (2015). Implementing Parenting Interventions in Early Care and Education Settings: A Guidebook for Implementation (OPRE 2015-94). Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Logic Models and Theory of Change

Logic Models*

Theory of Change*

Evaluation Report Examples

Survey Questionnaires

Online Survey Providers

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  • Khan Academy

Statistical Computing Software (Freeware)

Data Sources and Information

*These resources may be especially useful for counties receiving SPCFA.