This paper is part 2 of an overall paper. Part 1 will be attached for reference. Overview: For this milestone, you will determine the most important evaluation questions and the evaluation design that you will use for your final program evaluation plan. The evaluation focus will depend on the program stage of development as well as what stakeholders want to learn about the program. The evaluation questions will be described in terms of the evaluation standards of utility, feasibility, propriety, and accuracy. The evaluation design will be described in terms of implementation, outcome, or mixed methods. The purpose of this milestone is to establish the priorities and methods that will be used to evaluate the program. Prompt: First, provide an introduction to your program evaluation plan that includes a summary of the selected program and the public health issue addressed by the program as well as the program stage of development and community stakeholders identified for the evaluation. Next, specify the type of evaluation that will be utilized from the three types introduced in the course: implementation/process, outcome, or mixed method. For the evaluation type chosen, specify the 3–5 evaluation questions that will be the focus for the evaluation. Examine the CDC standards of utility, feasibility, propriety, and accuracy to determine the set of questions that meet the needs of this evaluation.
Analyze how the program evaluation will provide answers to questions that will ensure use in the community. Review Step 3 of the CDC evaluation guide (pp. 42–55) (link: https://www.cdc.gov/eval/guide/cdcevalmanual.pdf) and address the following critical elements: ● Introduction: (Note: This introduction is similar to the summary of the program and the community being evaluated that you included in Milestone One, and is being provided here again, with a slight variation, for context. You will further refine this introduction when you submit your final program evaluation plan.) ○ Describe the DCH program and community selected for the evaluation and the public health issue addressed by the program. ○ Describe the stage of development of the program in the selected community. ○ Identify community stakeholders for this program evaluation. ● Evaluating the Selected Program: Describe what type of evaluation you will use to evaluate the program: ○ The evaluation types covered in the course include implementation/process, outcome, or mixed method. Specify which one of these you are using for this evaluation. ○ Indicate why the selected evaluation type is appropriate given the program stage of development ● Evaluation Questions: Specify 3–5 evaluation questions that are appropriate to the program stage of development and address stakeholder questions about the program: ○ List the evaluation questions that will be used for your project. Review the types of questions that are often posed for process evaluations (CDC evaluation guide, p. 43) and for outcome evaluation (CDC evaluation guide, p. 44). ○ Indicate which program elements will be examined by each question ○ Summarize how the questions address each of the CDC standards including utility, feasibility, propriety, and accuracy. ● Ensure Use of the Findings: ○ How will the evaluation type you have chosen ensure use of the findings and provide lessons learned that will continue to improve programs targeting this issue?