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Module 4: Monitor and Evaluate

Monitoring and evaluating are integral to creating successful multiple intervention programs.  Keeping track of changes and assessing their impact tells us whether interventions are working or not, and what activities we should copy, expand or abandon. Because multiple intervention programs have longer timelines and focus on multiple levels and outcomes, monitoring and evaluation can’t just be tacked on at the end — they have to be included in planning from the beginning.iStock_000006321121XSmall

In Module 4 we work on developing tracking and evaluation plans suited to a multi-level, multi-intervention program. You’ll draw on intervention theory to develop ways to measure and evaluate the impact of your intervention on all the socio-ecological system levels you’re aiming at. You’ll also look for information on how to monitor spin-offs and feed results back into planning. To review how to design an evaluation plan for public health programs go to Porteous, N. (1997).

Most multiple intervention programs benefit from a “formative evaluation,” one that’s done during development or soon after the launch of project so you can make quick changes if you spot problems with planning or delivery. The formative evaluation will show you if the program was implemented as planned. This kind of evaluation can be repeated at different stages of the project if necessary. They can also be useful background information for your “summative evaluation,” the final assessment of the program that helps determine if its goals were reached — and will often tell other organizations whether they should try a similar project. For more information, see formative and summative evaluations

Evaluating your multiple intervention program

  1. Use evidence to select and design an evaluation framework
  2. Develop a range of process and outcome indicators to evaluate your program
  3. Set up consistent data collection
  4. Develop tools to collect data on your program
  5. Use feedback to modify the program to make it more effective
  6. Plan to monitor spin-offs
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2009 06:48