Program evaluation combines both theory and practice and is used by organizations to gather information for planning, designing, implementing and assessing results.
Effective program evaluation use sound methodologies that include multiple sources of information. Evaluations are important since they can help organizations identify best practices, learn from shortcomings, and figure out how best to move forward.
According to the Government of Canada, “Evaluating program progress and reporting on results are good management practices. Evaluations give senior managers evidence-based information to improve programming, shape new policies and programs, and ensure value for money. Evaluation studies consider a program’s ongoing need, intended outcomes, and whether there are alternative, more cost-effective ways to meet objectives.”
For academic articles and resources on Program Evaluation check out the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation from the Canadian Evaluation Society.