Looking for an overview of what program evaluation is all about? The resources provided in this section of the toolkit provide a high level description of the key steps involved in the evaluation process.


  • Peer Evaluator Training Manual – Developed by Pacific AIDS Network and piloted in a peer evaluation project, this 10-module manual provides an overview of evaluation approaches and methods as well as training and exercises for building an evaluation plan, developing and implementing data collection tools, conducting data analysis, and sharing evaluation findings. The References and Resources document provides links and more information on the topics covered in each module.
  • Kellogg Evaluation Handbook  – This handbook provides a framework for thinking about evaluation as a relevant and useful program tool. It was written primarily for project directors who have direct responsibility for the ongoing evaluation of W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded projects but is a useful tool for any program or organization embarking on program evaluation.
  • Innovation Network Evaluation Plan Workbook – offers an introduction to the concepts and processes of program evaluation.
  • Developing an Effective Evaluation Plan: Setting the Course for Effective Program Evaluation (CDC) – this workbook was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office as part of a series of technical assistance workbooks for program managers and evaluators. The workbooks are intended to offer guidance and facilitate capacity building on a wide rant of evaluation topics.
  • University of Manitoba’s Summer Institute in Program Evaluation – The Summer Institute in Program Evaluation brings together an inter-sectoral group of community-based practitioners and university students to exchange information about evaluation for improved planning and delivery. This is a link to the resource page for this course. Password to access this page is ‘password’.
  • Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health: Program evaluation toolkit – This toolkit contains resources for planning, doing and using program evaluation. These worksheets can assist your team in focusing on what is important and feasible as you begin to formulate and implement your evaluation project. However, this toolkit is not designed as a stand-alone resource. If you are new to program evaluation, you may first want to refer to the Centre’s evaluation resources including the online learning modules, “Planning, Doing and Using Evaluation”, to gain a better conceptual understanding of program evaluation. These modules are accessible from www.centrelearning.ca
  • SkillsOnline.ca – Skills Enhancement for Public Health – Intro to Evaluation (online course $175) – Evidence based practice, which includes evaluation, is a cornerstone of public health.  Public health practitioners have varying levels of engagement with evaluation from conducting or managing an evaluation to assessing, communicating and using evaluation findings.  This module will introduce you to the major types and approaches of evaluation and stakeholder involvement. Learning activities focus on the steps of the evaluation process including logic model development, evaluation planning, data collection, and reporting.  It aims to increase your evaluation literacy so that you can bring an enhanced understanding of the conduct of an evaluation to your work.
  • Quality Action: Improving HIV Prevention in Europe – Quality Action is the EU-wide ‘Joint Action on Improving Quality in HIV Prevention’. Quality Action aims to increase the effectiveness of HIV prevention in Europe by using practical Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Improvement (QI) tools. Quality Action develops and adapts QA/ QI tools especially for use in HIV prevention.
  • Indigenous Approaches to Program Evaluation (National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health) – This fact sheet reviews different types of program evaluation activities and discusses Indigenous approaches and ethical guidelines for engaging in a program evaluation.
  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research. A Guide to Evaluation in Health Research – The purpose of this learning module, therefore, is to build knowledge and skill in the area of evaluation of health and health research initiatives (including knowledge translation initiatives).



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