Proving Program Effectiveness

Evaluation may prove a program’s effectiveness. But not just any type of evaluation will do. 

To show that an intervention works—that is, improves client outcomes—you will need an outcome evaluation. Below are four quick tips for proving your program works. Some are based on oversights that developers have made that prevented their programs from being included on the NREPP registry. Visit this page to learn more on requirements for a program to be on the NREPP registry.

  1. Monitor and evaluate your program
  2. Use a strong research design.
  3. Reduce threats to a strong design.
  4. Build an evidence base.

These tips are not comprehensive. They are based on NREPP’s experience of factors that frequently prevent reviewed evaluation evidence submitted by program developers from qualifying for inclusion in the registry.

Resources to Prove Your Program’s Effectiveness:

This selection of links provides you with a few selected additional resources on evaluation.

CDC Prevention Program Performance and Evaluation Office

Summary: This website provides links to a wide range of resources from government, nonprofit, and academic sources.

Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation

Created by David Fetterman for the American Evaluation Association Topical Interest Group. The page has links to books and other publications, guides, tech tools, and videos.

The Community Toolbox

A service of the Working Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas, the toolbox offers more than 7,000 pages of practical step-by-step skill-building guidance for creating healthy communities.

Last Updated: 06/15/2017