Once you and your evaluator agree on an evaluation design and the data that will need to be collected, your evaluator needs to put together a work plan that describes how things will get done. A solid evaluation work plan should contain:
- A delineation of the tasks and subtasks necessary to conduct the evaluation, indicating what evaluation staff will do and how
- A description of staffing-who, and what level of effort-for each task and subtask
- A discussion of the roles and responsibilities of evaluation staff, program staff, and (if applicable) expectations of staff from the sponsoring organization (i.e., community-based organization)
- A timeline indicating when key tasks and subtasks will be completed, and when key deliverables (e.g., participation and immediate outcome findings; evaluation reports) will be submitted
- The 2002 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation National Science Foundation
- Developing process evaluation questions. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Harrel, A., Burt, M., Hatry, H., Rossman, S., Roth, J. & Sabol., W. (n.d.). Evaluation strategies for human services programs. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.
- "Evaluation Resource Guide for Responsible Fatherhood Program," Office of Family Assistance.
- Data Collection Methods, the Compassion Capital Fund National Resource Center
- Checklist for Data Collection Design, the Compassion Capital Fund National Resource Center
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation. The Program Manager's Guide to Evaluation Glossary.