The Second Edition of Building Evaluation Capacity provides 89 highly structured activities which require minimal instructor preparation and encourage application-based learning of how to design and conduct evaluation studies. Ideal for use in program evaluation courses, professional development workshops, and organization stakeholder trainings, the activities cover the entire process of evaluation, including: understanding what evaluation is; the politics and ethics; the influence of culture; various models, approaches and designs; data collection and analysis methods; communicating and reporting progress and findings; and building and sustaining support. Each activity includes an overview, instructional objectives, minimum and maximum number of participants, range of time required, materials needed, primary instructional method, and procedures for facilitators to help learners in the most common evaluation practices.

Analyzing Evaluation Data

Analyzing Evaluation Data


This section include activities that address

  • Understanding the issues and strategies for analyzing qualitative data
  • Understanding the issues and strategies for analyzing quantitative data

The following information is provided as a brief introduction to the topics covered in these activities.

Qualitative Data Analysis

Often referred to as content analysis or thematic analysis, qualitative data analysis is a process for identifying themes and patterns in the data and then coding and categorizing these themes in an effort to understand and describe the phenomenon being evaluated. In most cases, evaluators must decide if it is both feasible and appropriate to organize the data around a preexisting framework, rubric, outline, agenda, or structure. For example, categories related to the program or organization goals might be developed based ...

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