The Basics of Program Evaluation – archived classroom training

Originally presented on June 16, 2009

Presentation Slides in PDF



Funded by the Illinois Dept. of Public Health

This training extends the work of using logic models for program planning and outcome measurement to include the issues related to program evaluation. Participants will learn about using appropriate social science research methods for program evaluation and, tailoring evaluation approaches to the unique characteristics of the program.  In addition, participants will explore the basics of assessing the need for the program, theory and design, implementation, outcomes/impact and efficiency to understand the impact and relevancy to program evaluation.  The training will provide opportunities for “hands on” activities to apply key learning from the training.  If you have a program that you are ready to evaluate, we welcome you to join us as we walk through the basics of program evaluation.

Prerequisite:  It is highly recommended that you have previously attended the Developing Logic Models and Developing Outcome Measurement Plans trainings in the past or that you have thoroughly reviewed the training materials.  The training will build upon this basic information.



Participants attending this workshop will be able to:

1. Describe how to use logic models as the basis for program planning and outcome measurement.
2. Identify basic issues regarding program evaluation including needs assessment, program theory, program process and impact assessment
3. Formulate appropriate evaluation questions
4. Describe the “evaluation hierarchy” and ways to apply it to health programs
5. Describe the need for tailoring evaluations based on program structure and circumstances


Target Audience

This training session is designed as a follow-up course to the Developing Logic Models to Plan, Communicate and Evaluate and Developing Outcome Measurement Plans.  It is not a pre-requisite that participants have attended the training.  However, all participants should have a basic understanding of logic models and outcome measurement.  IPLAN coordinators, administrators, health educators, preventionists and health promoters are encouraged to attend to learn how to begin to evaluate the programs they offer.  Class size is limited to 40 participants.  Priority registration will be given to local public health department staff.



Mark Edgar, PhD

Mark Edgar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) and a consultant to the Illinois Public Health Institute on issues of evaluation, assessment and planning. He received his PhD in Public Health from Saint Louis University and his Master’s in Public Health from University of Illinois at Springfield. Past positions include Senior Research Associate at Saint Louis University School of Public Health, Researcher at SIU School of Medicine, Director of Epidemiology at the Adams County Health Department and adjunct faculty at UIS and Quincy University. His research has been published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and Public Health Reports and presented at the annual meetings of the American Public Heath Association, the National Network of Public Health Institutes and Academy Health’s Public Health Systems Research Interest Group. Dr. Edgar’s teaching includes graduate, undergraduate and community-based courses and workshops in statistics, research methods, public health administration and policy, program planning, outcome measurement, and program evaluation. He has over 20 years of experience working with public health and human services programs, schools of public health, medicine and nursing, and nonprofit organizations throughout the country. Most of his work has focused on assessment, evaluation, program development, and public health research in both academic and practice settings. Funding sources for Dr. Edgar’s work have included the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The National Network of Public Health Institutes, the Office of Rural Health Policy and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.