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An Overview of Program-Owned Evaluation & the Evaluation Toolkit

  • Organization: LAAC
  • Creation Date: Tuesday, January 03, 2006
  • Submitted: Tuesday, January 03, 2006
  • Attachment: HTM

An Overview of Program-Owned Evaluation in California - and How the Evaluation Toolkit Helps Legal Services Programs with Evaluation.

This folder on Program-Owned Evaluation is designed to help California's legal services programs design, implement, and use various program-owned evaluation tools to look at what they are doing and how it is working.

Table of Contents
(Click on any of the links below to go to these subfolders)

1. About the Evaluation Toolkit
Includes: Background; Introduction to the Toolkit; Other Resources; Authors of the Toolkit.

2. The Evaluation Toolkit
The Evaluation Toolkit describes in some detail how various evaluation methodologies can be used for evaluation by a program of itself or of one of its projects. This folder holds the entire Evaluation Toolkit, which includes a summary and guidelines for using the Toolkit, sample output data, and evaluation instruments such as sample surveys and data collection forms. Many of these sample instruments can be accessed in editable Word or Word Perfect formats.

3. Evaluating Technology Projects
MIE's Technology Evaluation Project (TEP) has developed a draft set of evaluation tools to assist Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) grantees with the evaluation of their technology interventions.

4. Examples of Evaluation Reports
Includes: an alphabetical, annotated list of sample program evaluation reports and instructions for writing an Equal Access Fund evaluation report.

5. Evaluating Support and Impact Projects
Includes materials specifically about how to do self-evaluation of support and impact projects.

6. Partnership Grants Evaluation Protocol
Includes evaluation requirements, methodologies, and editable protocol forms specific to the EAF Partnership Grants.

7. Other Useful Resources
Includes additional resources on effective self-evaluation.



Historical Background - Why Program-Owned Evaluation?

More and more legal aid offices and support centers are learning new ways to look at what they do and how it works. They are taking a good, hard look at how they can improve their programs and services to get the best results for clients and client communities. They are finding new and better ways to ask "How well did we do?" and "Could we do better?," and then to communicate about the value of the work they do.

In California, there is an extra incentive to increase the evaluation of legal services programs. Along with a $10 million annual line in the state budget for free legal assistance to low-income individuals and communities comes a requirement for a report to the state Legislature on the "efficiency and effectiveness" of funded projects.

To help prepare the report, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Legal Services Trust Fund Program, and the Legal Aid Association of California are inviting grant recipients to participate in an ambitious program-owned evaluation of the projects funded with Equal Access Fund grants. This project builds on existing evaluation work already ongoing within legal services programs, but creates an ongoing statewide evaluation process that is more formal and structured.




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