Building evidence


We developed this final section as an additional resource for your work. Here you will find a series of tables that include links to websites, documents, webinars, and other tools that you might find helpful in expanding your knowledge around program evaluation.

Resources designed for domestic and/or sexual organizations

This table includes resources that are designed specifically to provide you with more information and tools around evaluation for prevention efforts and also in the area of advocacy. As you will see, it includes products by other organizations, including tools developed by the CDC specifically for our field. Here you can find free tools and materials that you can download and use.

Organization Description Website
Cultivating Evaluation Capacity: A Guide for Programs Addressing Sexual and Domestic Violence Designed to help increase organizations capacity to sustain evaluation efforts. This tool offers guidance and links to other useful resources.
The Domestic Violence Evidence Project This online resource was designed to respond to the growing emphasis on identifying and integrating evidence-based practive into DV work.
Advocacy Evaluation Mini-Toolkit: Tips and Tools for Busy Organizations Designed to provide guidance and support to evaluate your advocacy work. This document offers helpful tips and examples.
EvaluAtion: Putting Evaluation to Work (CDC) A very interactive website that offers many tools including an evaluation plan builder that you can create and download.

Resources on logic models

Here, you will find information about organizations, universities, foundations, and other groups that have developed different tools for the design of logic models. 

Organization Description Website
W.K Kelloff Foundation Logic Model Development Guide This guide provides basic and useful information on how to develop a logic model.
Child Welfare Information Gateway Logic Model Builder Designed for organization working on child welfare issues, this website offers information and a tool to build a logic model step-by-step
University of Wisconsin Extension: Program Development and Evaluation In this section of this website you can find a step by step tool to design a logic model.
University of Arizona This website provides a concept, a basic tool, and examples of logic models.
National Libraries of Medicine Guide 5: Define How a Program Will Work -The Logic Model Here, you can find general and simple information on how to develop a logic model plus links to other website resources.
The Pell Institute and Pathways to College Network: Evaluation Toolkit-Using a Logic Model Here, you can find a step by step tool to design a logic model.

Resources on theory of change

This table includes additional resources focused specifically on theory of change. It includes documents from organizations and links to non-profits who offer services to help others develop their own theory of change. 

Organization Description Website
The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Theory of Change This website provides basic and useful information on how to develop a theory of change for community organizations.
Harvard Family Research Project: The Evaluation Exchange This website offers new lessons and emerging strategies for evaluating programs and policies, particularly those focused on children, families, and communities.
Grant Craft: Mapping Change: Using Theory of Change to Guide Planning and Evaluation This document is part of a series focused on evaluation techniques. It is free to download and to use.
Keystone Accountability This organization offers services to organizations that are interested in developing new ways of planning, measuring and reporting on their results.
Center for Theory of Change This non-profit offers services for organizations and has a particular focus on its use and application in the areas of international development, sustainability, education, human rights and social change.

Culturally specific evaluators

In this table you will find information on evaluators that have experience working with culturally specific community organizations.

Evaluation topic/group Contact Description Website
Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment College of Education at Illinois
1310 S. 6th St. Champaign, Illinois 61820
Tel: 217-333-0960
Latino/a Responsive Evaluation Discourse Lis Aponte-Soto (Chair)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Philadelphia PA USA
Tel: 215-732-2200 ext.234
Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation Nicole Bowman (Chair)
Bowman Performance Consulting
Shawano WI USA
Tel: 715-526-9240
Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Issues Efrain Gutierrez (Chair)
FSG, Seattle WA USA
Multiethnic Issues In Evaluation Dominica McBride (Chair)
Become Inc
Chicago IL USA
Tel: 312-394-9274

General resources

Here, you will find a variety of resources, such as webinars and manuals on topics like how to conduct a needs assessment and how to collect data. In addition, you will find general information on some private organization that provide specific services and products on evaluation. 

Organization Description Website
Spark Policy Institute: Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit As part of the toolkits developed for social innovators, this tool provides useful, friendly information on how to conduct an evaluation of a farm to school program. However, some of the tools can be easily adapted to other circumstances.
Rural Youth Development: Youth Leading Community Change: An Evaluation Toolkit Designed to be used with rural youth and adult facilitators. This youth friendly tool will help the users to measure the impact of their community projects.
Instructional Assessment Resources University of Texas This website provides guidance and examples of an educational program evaluation.
University of Arizona This website provides basic tools and concepts, specific examples, and links to in-depth resources to support evaluation and program planning.
University of Kansas: Community Tool Box This toolkit is one of the most comprehensive online resources available to general public.
Here you will find guidebooks, videos, sections focused on specific topics, and many examples from across the globe.

Resources for further study

We compiled this list of authors and their work for those interested in expanding their knowledge on different approaches to evaluation. This is a small sample of the many books out there on program evaluation.

Author Year Title
Mertens, Donna M. 2009 Transformative Research and Evaluation
Mertens, Donna M. 2012 Program Evaluation Theory and Practice
Fetterman, David M.,
Kaftarian, Shakeh J., &
Wandersman, Abraham
2015 Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and tools for self-assessment, evaluation capacity building, and accountability
Clarke, Alan, & Dawson, Ruth 2005 Empowerment Evaluation Principles and Practice
Barret, Nancy F. 2004 Program Evaluation: A step-by-step guide
Fixsen, Dean L., Naoom, Sandra F., Blase, Karen A., Friedman, Robert M., & Wallace, Frances 2005 Implementation Research: A synthesis of the Literacture

Helpful measures

Thanks to the work of Lisa Goodman, Cris Sullivan, Sherry Hamby and many others, we are able to offer to you these measurement tools. These tools were developed exclusively for the domestic violence field and include: