The following links to Web-based evaluation sites and their resources are provided as additional resources for RRF applicants.
- The National Science Foundation through its EvaluAte Resource Center offers a publication that was developed to provide project directors and principal investigators with a basic guide to learn more about both the value of evaluation and how to design and carry out an evaluation.
The Handbook describes both quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, suggesting ways in which they can be used as complements in an evaluation strategy. As a result of reading this Handbook, it is expected that principal investigators will increase their understanding of the evaluation process, as well as gain knowledge that will help them to communicate with evaluators and obtain data that will improve their work. Click on the name of the publication to access it: The 2010 User-friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation
- The Centers for Disease Control offer a publication about the need for transparency in how researchers using non-randomized study designs should report on their methods and findings. Non-randomized designs are often the only option in studying clinical interventions; yet they also raise questions about validity of study conclusions because they are not randomized experiments. The publication provides a useful, 22-item checklist of issues about study design, measurement, and data analysis that can be discussed in papers from quasi-experiments. This list may be useful to applicants considering a request for funding of a nonexperimental study, as it lays out the issues an applicant should consider in a proposal.
- The Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing The “Try This!” page is devoted to geriatric assessment. It includes a list of links to standard, health-related measures that applicants may want to use in their proposed projects as part of their evaluation efforts. Included are measures on more general variables such as: cognitive status, functional ability, fall risk, potentially inappropriate medication use, and depression. “Try This” also includes a two-page file for each measure which can be downloaded. The first page of the document reviews the instruments’ reliability and validity and strengths/weaknesses, listing references for further reading; the second shows the tool itself, along with directions on how to score it.
- The National Palliative Care Research Center site lists measurement tools that researchers studying palliative care or outcomes in long-term care settings may find useful. The tools are broken down into sections covering: pain and symptom management, function, psychosocial care, caregiver assessment, and quality of life.
- The Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics site will link users to an online statistics textbook as well as sites that demonstrate statistical concepts. You will also find case studies analyzing real data to help illustrate statistical concepts in action. In addition, the site links to an “analysis lab” (developed with support from the National Science Foundation) that includes some basic statistical analysis tools.
- This Urban Institute gives applicants additional information about the goals of, and methods for conducting, implementation evaluation research. The site also has links to other pages related to research methods, including pages on data analysis and data resources, many related to older adults.
- A publication on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation site entitled, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide, provides a very useful toolkit for organizations who want to organize their evaluation efforts in a way that captures valuable data for informing planning and program redesign.
- Wilder Research is a consulting firm that does program evaluation, primarily in the area of juvenile justice, but its Website has many other useful resources. The page provides a tip sheet that links to a series of briefs about such evaluation topics such as: making sense of data; doing community assessments; evaluation on a shoestring budget; and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound) measurement tools. The site also offers links to evaluation reports that provide additional insight into the methods and uses of evaluation studies.