Greetings fellow OD2A evaluators,
Over the next several months, I will be posting videos and narratives that provide a basic overview of the CDC evaluation framework. These videos/narratives are part of an online course in the Michigan OD2A program designed to promote the integration of state and local prevention and response efforts (i.e. designed to help carry out Strategy 5 of the OD2A cooperative agreement).
More specifically, this course is housed in a web-app developed by Prevention Network of Michigan and the Organizing Together Consultancy Group and made available to local organizations addressing the opioid crisis in Michigan. It is hoped that this online course will help those organizations build their capacity to conduct evaluations and use the results of the evaluations to improve their opioid-related programs.
The first session in the online course is titled Introduction to Program Evaluation. The session video and accompanying narrative will be posted this month. This first session will address the following questions.
- What is evaluation?
- How is evaluation different than research?
- How is evaluation different than performance measurement (AKA monitoring)?
- What are the types of evaluation?
- What are the purposes of evaluation?
- What is the logic of evaluation?
- What is evaluation theory?
- What evaluation approaches does the CDC evaluation framework apply?
- What are evaluation standards?
I would love your feedback on this first session. What are the strengths of the video and the narrative? Which aspects of this session could be improved to make it a more effective learning tool? What are other ideas for building the evaluation capacity of local organizations that are addressing the opioid crisis in their jurisdictions?