Program Evaluation

Leader: Ryan Rominger, Ph.D.

Program Evalulation Overview

According to Royse, Thyer, and Padgett (2016) program evaluation is similar to basic research but focuses on evaluating some intervention or process within an organization which is meant to have a specific outcome. The program evaluation is used by upstream and downstream constituents (i.e., managers, providers, and clients who use the program) to see if the program is doing what it is intended to do, and having positive outcomes or impacts on the factors which are the focus of the program (Chyung, Inderbitzen, & Campbell, 2013). For example, if a program is created to reduce opiate abuse among chronic back pain patients in a clinic, then the clinic who creates the program will want to know if they are effective in addressing opiate abuse. The clinic directors and funders (the upstream constituents) want to know if the money is well spent, if processes are working, and if they are having an impact on their patients. The patients themselves (the downstream constituents) should be appraised of whether the program in which they are encouraged to attend actually works or not (actually decreases opiate abuse).


What is a program evaluation?: A brief introduction.

Logic models, theory of change, and program evaluation.

From logic model to program evaluation.


  • Barrett, N. F. (2015). Program evaluation: A step-by-step guide (2nd ed.). Sunnycrest Press.
  • Chyung, S. Y., Wisniewski, A., Inderbitzen, B., & Campbell, D. (2013). An improvement- and accountability-oriented program evaluation: An evaluation of the Adventure Scouts program. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 26(3), 87-115.
  • Fitzpatrick, J. L., Sanders, J. R., & Worthen, B. R. (2010). Program evaluation: Alternative approraches and practical guidelines (4th ed.). Pearson.
  • Prosavac, E. J. (2010). Program evaluation: Methods and case studies (8th ed.). Routledge.
  • Royse, D., Thyer, B. A., & Padgett, D. K. (Eds.). (2016). Program evaluation: An introduction to an evidence-based approach (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage. E-Book version.