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Brickville Community Evaluation

Your Evaluation Plan

For your community intervention, both the process and outcomes should be evaluated. Sample evaluation projects along with a sample process and sample outcome evaluation measures are show below.

  • An evaluation of the group work of the youth leadership group. You engage the youth leadership committee in a process of focusing on the gain achieved by the group as a whole, as well as individuals (e.g., community bonding, leadership skills, civic engagement).
    • Process: the average number of youth attending meetings.
    • Outcome: enhanced leadership skills as measured by the Youth Leadership Inventory.
  • An evaluation of pre- and post-measures of community involvement by community residents. For example, the group could gather data on the numbers of residents involved in various committees of neighborhood organizations.
    • Process: Number of residents receiving news about community meetings
    • Outcome: Number of residents involved in neighborhood organizations.
  • The youth group members could also do a qualitative study of the opinions of different residents who speak at community-related gatherings.
    • Process: number of interviews conducted.
    • Outcome: A report summarizing community opinion of the redevelopment plan.
  • The youth group could also gather feedback about the level of involvement and empowerment of neighborhood residents by doing key informant interviews with ministers of area houses of worship, professionals who serve the community through the area nonprofits (Circle of Concern, Food Pantry, Catholic Charities, Community Center, Brickville Boys and Girls Club, and the Brickville Community Development Corporation).
    • Process: A review of the extent to which interviewers asked the same or similar questions of each key informant.
    • Outcome: A report summarizing key informant opinion of the redevelopment plan.
  • The CDC could collaborate with local media to do a telephone survey of community residentsí feelings and opinions about the redevelopment plan.
    • Process: An analysis of the extent to which various community constituencies participated in the survey (for example, participation rate by income level or race).
    • Outcome: A report detailing community opinion about the development plan.

Open your notebook and answer the following:

  • Write one additional process and one outcome measure for each sample evaluation project above.

  • Your ultimate goal is to resolve community differences regarding the redevelopment plan. How will you know whether you have accomplished this goal, that is, how will you measure it?

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