Center for Housing and Community Engagement

Program Evaluation

We are experienced in the design and implementation of formative and summative evaluation projects.

Evaluation research is the systematic application of research methodologies in assessing programs and organizations. It entails a process of data collection and analysis that leads to knowledge that will enhance the decision-making within an organization or to assess the outcomes of particular programs.
Our evaluations are methodologically rigorous, culturally sensitive, and responsive to the needs of our clients. We rely on both qualitative and quantitative methods. We are experienced in the design and implementation of formative and summative evaluation projects for more than two dozen clients.

Our services range from complete design and implementation of multi-site, multi-year evaluations to simply providing consultation to organizations building their internal evaluation capacities. We can also assist in the design of evaluations to be submitted as a part of a federal, state or foundation grant application.

Our evaluations adherence to professional standards and norms of social science research:

Flexibility in evaluation design suggests that the evaluator approach each context with an assortment of evaluation “tools” that may be adapted to the diverse cultures contained in the evaluation setting. Our evaluations involve mixed-method designs which may include ethnographic observations, site visits, document analysis, focus group and individual interviews, and surveys. These evaluation practices follow standards set forth by the National Center for Cultural Competence, the Joint Committee Standards for Educational Evaluation, and the American Evaluation Association.

Our evaluations incorporate culturally competent and methodologically flexible design to best serve your clients and community:

Rapid demographic and cultural changes in the US have resulted in the need for new evaluation approaches that recognize cultural differences within population. Schools, social service agencies, healthcare providers, non-profit organization, government offices, and even large for-profit corporations have recognized this social and cultural variation.

Program evaluation has trailed behind. Only recently have evaluators begun to address the issue of a multicultural society. Yet, most evaluators still apply a ‘one-size fits all,’ approach. They do not take into account the need for tailoring design to the communities being studied. Methodological flexibility requires that evaluators tailor evaluation designs to the individual needs of programs and clients by developing culturally responsive evaluations.