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Step-by-Step Guide to K-12 Program Evaluations

With many K–12 districts focusing on post-pandemic academic recovery efforts, conducting meaningful program evaluations and making strategic program improvements is more important than ever. But finding the time and resources to dive deep into program evaluation is an ongoing challenge for most district and school leaders.  

Now you can position your district’s programs and initiatives for success by developing a clear, evidence-based plan with the help of our Step-by-Step Guide to Program Evaluation 

Download this planning tool to simplify the program evaluation process and assess your readiness to: 

  • Identify and prioritize goals and objectives 
  • Design a comprehensive program evaluation strategy and timeline
  • Evaluate data, communicate findings to stakeholders, and build an action plan 

“For K–12 districts around the nation, one of the most urgent challenges is helping students recover after living through the learning disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. As schools and districts implement programs to address students’ academic, social, and emotional needs, they must ensure those programs are high-quality and positioned for maximum success.” 

With ESSER Funds Expiring, Program Evaluation is Critical to K-12 Budget Decisions

With one-time Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) funding ending, many district leaders are facing tough decisions about which programs to continue or end. Meaningful program evaluation is the key to understanding which programs are driving results and are worth continued investment. 

Maximize your district’s investments and make confident programming decisions by examining each program’s impact on students and their learning outcomes. The first step begins with assessing your district’s readiness for program evaluation and knowing when to complete it.  

Given the complexity of the program evaluation process, planning represents the single most important stage in effective program evaluation. The planning decisions you make now will guide all the other stages of program evaluation.  

Hanover Research has developed this tool to demystify K–12 program evaluations and program improvement work at every stage, from planning to execution. Each step in the evaluation process will prove critical in assessing your program’s value and success — and each step requires preparation of its own. 

With ESSER funds expiring, K-12 school districts can follow the steps in this guide to conduct program evaluations that help you make more confident budget decisions

Learn how to prepare for effective program evaluation

Download the guide now to start planning for successful K–12 program evaluations.

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