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Evaluation Springboard was designed in response to the need for knowledge and skills in evaluation for those who want to undertake or commission evaluations in educational settings.

While evaluation is about “determining the worth” of something, it is important to think about how evaluation happens in real life. Often it involves decisions that have to be made under pressure of time, or in circumstances where the program or project is so new that the evaluation needs to gather information that can be used directly to influence the implementation of the intervention.

We hope that this website provides a springboard for launching your own evaluation efforts and for developing a basic understanding of the why and how of evaluation. It’s the key to determining the effectiveness of educational programs, projects, and initiatives.

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The development of Evaluation Springboard was supported by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (Grant No. S318A030015; West Virginia Department of Education Contract No. EDD204451). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Education or the West Virginia Department of Education.