It's time to put all the pieces together to tell a coherent story about the results regarding program operations, program participation, participant outcomes, and program impacts. Here are some of the questions you should be addressing:
- How and why did these findings come about?
- How do findings on program operations help explain findings relating to program participation, participant outcomes, and program impact?
- How do patterns of participation help explain findings on participant outcomes and program impact?
- To what extent can participant outcomes be attributed to the program?
In putting the pieces together, you and your evaluator may find yourselves reflecting on the major conclusions, or main take-away points, from the evaluation. This could include a discussion of how these findings may be used-for example, for program improvement-as well as lessons learned in conducting the evaluation and how you might do things differently in the future.
- Muraskin, L. (1993). Understanding evaluation: The way to better prevention programs. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education
- Significance in Statistics and Surveys, The Survey System
- 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.