We have experience in writing statements of need and evaluation sections for most local, state, and Federal granting agencies.
This approach helps programs to know if they are ready to be evaluated. Not every program is ready to be evaluated, and sometimes forcing a program to be evaluated may be counterproductive.
This assessment will help determine what type of program is needed and who the program would serve. It is usually set before a program is started, or when a transition may make sense.
This set of tools guarantee that there is agreement among all the stakeholders about what the program is doing, and how it is accomplishing its goals. It also guarantees that there is agreement about how to move forward.
Formative, process, outcomes, impact evaluation
• Formative: This type of evaluation is used to improve the program as it is developing, or during its lifetime
• Process: This type of evaluation focuses mostly on assuring that the program is implemented as it was intended. Because it helps to keep track of everything that happens during the program, it can be used to further explains changes during the outcomes evaluation
• Outcomes: This is the type of evaluation that most people associate with evaluation. Looks at benefits/changes to program recipients during and/or after their participation in the program (short-term, mid-term and long-term)
• Impact: this type of evaluation considers both positive/negative outcomes of program activities for the purpose of policy change. It can also address intended/unintended, direct and indirect consequences associated with the program
We have experience in the implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to help improve performance by monitoring outputs, outcomes, and impact in a meaningful framework.
This approach produces a fair comparison of the total costs of a program (typically monetary units) with its benefits (effectiveness, other criteria), thus enabling the calculation of the net cost or benefit associated with the program.
We are expert practitioners teachers in all three methodologies, and use state-of-the-art tools to analyze the data in the best possible way.
Perhaps one of the best ways to make the evaluation data useful to programs and stakeholders is by generating reports and visualizations that are meaningful/easy to understand. At ARI, we have experience in both areas, and have access to multiple tools to generate reports/visualizations in a way that will be meaningful to different stakeholders. We can produce technical and non-technical reports.