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Module: 1.4.5 Introduction to Evaluation

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During this training, participants will learn what evaluation is and why it is important for programs. They will also learn the principles of evaluation in order to begin to develop evaluation criteria for their own program and gain tools to meet the Continuous Quality Improvement standard for Expanded Learning Programs in California.

This module was revised in 2016 to incorporate social-emotional learning, character building and Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California as part of CalSAC's work with the Expanded Learning 360/365 project. 

In this training participants will:

Content Overview:

Cracking Open the Topic of Evaluation

Using a sample site attendance sheet, participants will analyze the collected information and determine recommendations to improve program.

Evaluation Principles

Identification of the importance of program evaluation and challenges on OST staff in implementing evaluation. The participants will also learn the evaluation principles in relationship to their programs.


Introduction of evaluation components.  Participants will have an understanding of the evaluation process and consider its importance in each level.

“So What” With Evaluation 

The importance of data sharing is key to the success of an evaluation.

Your Turn

Small groups select a topic and go through the steps to organize an evaluation, with the focus on thinking through the parts of evaluation.

Training Length: 2 hours

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