Evaluation Design, Reporting, and Lessons Learned
Evaluation results are used to improve programs and practices, sustain positive outcomes, and improve the community’s overall plan for addressing substance misuse and promoting wellness. But they can be used for other reasons as well, such as to help obtain funding and to build community awareness and support for prevention. Therefore, evaluation results need to get into the hands of the people who can use them. Keep in mind that organizations don’t use evaluation results, people do. The Department of Health, for example, isn’t going to use the results of an evaluation, but “Cathy Smith” in the Department of Health may. So, unless you get the results of the program evaluation into her hands and explain how she can use them, they will sit on a shelf somewhere in the Department of Health.