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rlf7 - Measuring and Monitoring Program Outcomes Required...

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Measuring and Monitoring Program Outcomes Required reading: RLF, Chapter 7 In the last chapter we talked about how to find out whether a program is being implemented as it was intended to be implemented and how well the program process was working. In this chapter, our focus shifts to a different kind of monitoring, the monitoring of selected program outcome indicators that can be collected repeatedly over time. The focus here is on measuring and assessing continuing “performance” on selected program outcomes, such as outcomes listed in the impact theory. (I put performance in quotes because you must conduct an impact assessment , which is discussed in the next chapter, to draw a firm conclusion about program impact .) Just like the process data from the last chapter, we want to learn the specific details of program implementation to inform program managers (e.g., for formative purposes), program sponsors and funders (e.g., for summative purposes), and evaluators (e.g., to help write an implementation evaluation report or to help explain impact assessment data). As part of the RLF evaluation model, don’t forget that outcome monitoring involves assessment or evaluation . Therefore, you will be applying the four steps in the logic of evaluation to the outcome monitoring data (i.e., select dimensions of merit, set standards on those dimensions, collect performance data, and integrate the results into evaluative judgments). Here are the four major sections in this chapter: Program Outcomes. Identifying Relevant Outcomes.
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Measuring Program Outcomes. Monitoring Program Outcomes. Program Outcomes To understand program outcomes, you will need to consider several concepts (most of these definitions are from page 232): Outcome . This is the state of the target population or the social conditions that a program is expected to have changed An outcome variable is the operationalized concept that you will be measuring in your study. Outcome level . The status of an outcome at some point in time.
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