Evaluation encourages us to examine the operations of a program, including which activities take place, who conducts the activities, and who is reached as a result. In addition, evaluation will show how faithfully the program adheres to implementation protocols. AMSTAT Consulting can conduct several types of evaluations. Some of them include the following:

Process Evaluations

AMSTAT Consulting can:

  • Determine whether program activities have been implemented as intended.
  • Evaluate how well the program is working, the extent to which the program is being implemented as designed and whether the program is accessible and acceptable to its target population.
  • Provide an early warning for any problems that may occur.
  • Allow programs to monitor how well their program plans and activities are working.
  • Measure the activities of the program, program quality, and who it is reaching.
  • Help answer questions about your program such as:
    • Has the project reached the target group?
    • Are all project activities reaching all parts of the target group?
    • Are participants and other key stakeholders satisfied with all aspects of the project?
    • Are all activities being implemented as intended? If not why?
    • What if any changes have been made to intended activities?
    • Are all materials, information, and presentations suitable for the target audience?
    • Is the program being delivered as intended to the targeted recipients?
    • Is the program implemented as intended?
    • Have any feasibility or management problems emerged?
    • What progress has been made in implementing changes or new provisions?
    • Are program resources being used efficiently?
    • Why is a program no longer obtaining the desired level of outcomes?
  • Track program information related to Who, What, When and Where questions:
    • To whom did you direct program efforts?
    • What has your program done?
    • When did your program activities take place?
    • Where did your program activities take place?
    • What are the barriers/facilitators to implementation of program activities?

Formative Evaluation

AMSTAT Consulting can:

  • Ensure that a program or program activity is feasible, appropriate, and acceptable before it is fully implemented.
  • Conduct it when a new program or activity is being developed or when an existing one is being adapted or modified.
  • Examine whether the proposed program elements are likely to be needed, understood, and accepted by the population you want to reach.
  • Examine the extent to which an evaluation is possible, based on the goals and objectives.
  • Allow for modifications to be made to the plan before full implementation begins.
  • Maximize the likelihood that the program will succeed.

Summative Evaluation

AMSTAT Consulting can:

  • Help answer questions such as:
    • Do you continue the program?
    • If so, do you continue it in its entirety?
    • Is it possible to implement the program in other settings?
    • How sustainable is the program?
    • What elements could have helped or hindered the program?
    • What recommendations have evolved out of the program?

Outcome Evaluation

AMSTAT Consulting can:

  • Measure the program goal.
  • Measure how well the program goal has been achieved.
  • Measure the degree to which the program is having an effect on the target population’s behaviors.
  • Tell whether the program is being effective in meeting its objectives.
  • Help answer questions such as:
    • Has the overall program goal been achieved?
    • What, if any factors outside the program have contributed or hindered the desired change?
    • What, if any unintended change has occurred as a result of the program?
    • Are desired program outcomes obtained?
    • What, if any, unintended side effects did the program produce?
    • Do outcomes differ across program approaches, components, providers, or client subgroups?

Impact Evaluation

AMSTAT Consulting can:

  • Examine the degree to which the program meets its ultimate goal.
  • Provide evidence for use in policy and funding decisions.
  • Measure the immediate effect of the program.
  • Measure how well the program objectives (and sub-objectives) have been achieved.
  • Help answer questions such as:
    • How well has the project achieved its objectives (and sub-objectives)?
    • How well have the desired short term changes been achieved?
    • Did the program cause the desired impact?
    • Is one approach more effective than another in obtaining the desired outcomes?

Cost-Benefit Evaluations

AMSTAT Consulting can:

  • Compare program outputs and/or benefits to input costs to provide a ratio of cost to benefit.

Economic Evaluations

AMSTAT Consulting can:

  • Examine what resources are being used in a program and their costs (direct and indirect) compared to outcomes.
  • Provide program managers and funders a way to assess cost relative to effects. “How much bang for your buck.”

Health Evaluations

AMSTAT Consulting provides a variety of specialized evaluation services in health. They include:

  • Tobacco prevention, evidence-based medicine, clinical practice guidelines, children and family services, healthcare ethics, biostatistical studies, clinical trial design and methodology, medical education, biostatistical consulting, clinical program evaluation, performance measurement, and process improvement
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