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evaluation guides

There are many guides that can help steer you through evaluating your program or service.  Here are just a few:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 2002, Delphi Instrument for hospital-based domestic violence programs

This is an evaluation tool developed in the United States by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for the assessment of hospital-based domestic violence programs.  The web site includes the tool, information on its development, instructions and interpretations, and suggested uses.

Bloom SS 2008, Violence Against Women and Girls: A Compendium of Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators, MEASURE Evaluation for USAID East Africa Regional Mission and the Interagency Gender Working Group

This report provides performance indicators for international aid projects conducted to prevent violence against women and girls.

Digiusto E 2012, Effectiveness of public legal assistance services, Law and Justice Foundation  of New South Wales, Sydney

This discussion paper looks at what it means to be 'effective' and how effectiveness can be demonstrated. It promotes research design which uses appropriate sampling and an adequate comparison group to best assess effectiveness of a strategy.

FRIENDS National Resource Centre for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention 2009, Using Qualitative Data in Program Evaluation: Telling the Story of a Prevention Program, FRIENDS National Resource Centre for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention, US
This guide is aimed at program administrators and managers to assist them in making the most valuable use of qualitative data in their evaluation reports.

Friedman M 2001, The results and performance accountability implementation guide

This guide was developed in the United States to assist those conducting results or performance accountability assessment.   The guide includes information on identifying populations that programs are accountable to, choosing results, selecting indicators, creating baselines, developing an action plan and budget, developing performance measures and using them to improve performance.

Hoffman L 2010, User's guide: making the case for domestic violence prevention using a cost-effectiveness framework, Transforming Communities: Technical Assistance, Training & Resource Center

This user’s guide from the United States describes cost-benefit principles and offers tools aimed at assisting workers to describe their program and its impact more clearly, and assisting workers gain funding and support for their program.

Innovation Network 2005, Evaluation plan workbook , National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, National Resource Centre on Domestic Violence, Harrisburg, PA

This workbook provides an introduction to the concepts and processes of planning a program evaluation, with chapters on defining evaluation, evaluation principles, planning and evaluation, and data collection.  It includes templates.

Lyon E & Sullivan CM 2007, Outcome evaluation strategies for domestic violence service programs receiving FVPSA funding: a practical guide, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Harrisburg, PA

This guidebook was developed in the United States to accurately capture the impact of service funding dollars on domestic violence survivors’ safety and wellbeing.  Chapters cover topics on why we evaluate, ethical issues, process and outcome evaluations, data collection and analysis, and making findings work for you.

National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center 2000, Program evaluation 101
This site provides basic information on the basics of program evaluation, including types of evaluation, standards and designs, and logic models.

PATH 2010, Monitoring and evaluation of initiatives on violence against women and girls, UNIFEM

The United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM, has established a knowledge centre on issues of violence against women and girls.  This guide from the knowledge centre includes: definitions of monitoring and evaluation, discussion of why it is important, how to conduct monitoring and evaluation of projects and provides some case studies.

Potter SJ & Perry B 2008, Incorporating evaluation into media campaign design, VAWnet: The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women

This brief paper provides information on core concepts relevant to media campaign evaluation strategies.  Using several sexual violence prevention media campaigns as case studies, it explores completed evaluations at various stages of the implementation process. 

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada 2006, Evaluating crime prevention through social development projects: Handbook for community groups (PDF 911KB)

This handbook is part of a train-the-trainer program to equip program staff at the Canadian National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC).  It includes evaluation resources and worksheets.  Chapters cover topics about logic models, planning an evaluation, evaluation designs, data collection and analysis, challenges and solutions.

The Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium 2003, Gender-based violence tools manual for assessment & programme design, monitoring & evaluation in conflict-affected settings, RHRC Consortium, Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, New York

This manual has been produced for professionals working in the area of addressing gender-based violence in refugee, internally displaced, and post-conflict settings.  It is particularly suited to multi-sectoral projects, with chapters on assessment tools, program design tools, and program monitoring and evaluation tools.

WK Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI 1998, Evaluation toolkit

This toolkit is designed for use by recipients of WK Kellogg Foundation grants but provides useful information to anyone conducting evaluation.  Toolkit sections include approaches to evaluation, evaluation questions, planning, data collection and analysis, reporting, using evaluation findings, budgeting and hiring an external evaluator.

VicHealth 2008, Partnerships Analysis Tool
A resource which assists organisations to develop a clearer understanding of the range of purposes of collaborations, reflects on the partnerships they have established and focuses on ways to strengthen new and existing partnerships.


evaluation resources

The following web sites provide free resources on research and evaluation.

A beginners guide to evaluation

This site provides a range of free pamphlets on evaluation elements.

CSPV Violence Evaluation Instruments Database (VioEval)
This US Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence provides a compilation of data collection tools available on violence-related topics for program evaluation purposes.

Free resources for program evaluation and social research methods

This site contains information on how to conduct evaluation and evaluation methods.  It includes information on surveys, focus groups, sampling and interviews.

International aid and development

This site provides a forum for sharing ideas and practical examples of conducting evaluations of international development projects.


This UK site has articles and discussion on the methods of monitoring and evaluating the progress and outcomes of development aid programs.

University of Wisconsin – Extension

This site includes extensive information about evaluation, publications, instruments, and suggestions.

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