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Program Evaluation Overview - This pdf document provides an introduction to the major concepts with program evaluations and provides some sample to illustrate points.

Measuring Program Quality: A Guide to Assessment Tools – This report by the Forum for Youth Investment provides potential users with useful information to guide their decision-making. Decision-making becomes an important process when determining which type of evaluation tools or processes will fit your program.

Building Quality Improvement Systems: Lessons from Three Emerging Efforts in the Youth-Serving Sector – This report from the Forum for Youth Investment provides a preliminary framework for planning any kind of program quality improvement work in the youth-serving sector.

The 2002 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation – This is a helpful handbook on evaluation from the National Science Foundation.

Science Teachers Efficacy Beliefs Instrument (STEBI) – This site looks at self-efficacy in teaching science, which relates to one’s ability to see oneself as a “do-er” and “teacher” of science.

The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) Out-of-School Time (OST) Program Evaluation Database – This is a compilation of evaluation profiles from Out-of-School Time (OST) programs and initiatives. It provides accessible information about the evaluation work of both large- and small-scale programs.

The Rochester Evaluation of Asset Development for Youth (READY) – The READY tool is an instrument designed to help youth serving programs evaluate the impact of their programs on youth development outcomes of participants.

Youth as Evaluators: What’s an adult to do? – Helpful research- and experience-based advice for youth workers and other adults to support youth involvement in research and evaluation projects.

Farm to School Curriculum Evaluation – The Farm to School work group in California reviewed curriculum for teachers to use with a farm to school program, and gathered reviews from others. This online form shows a model approach to curriculum evaluation.