We have compiled a brief list of self-help guides to help novices learn about evaluation and seasoned evaluators refine their skills and extend their knowledge base. One of the most comprehensive lists and guides to evaluation is the Programmatic On-Line Evaluation Resources site. It is designed to help evaluators design, conduct, document, and review project evaluations. Innovation Network is another excellent site designed to assist in evaluation training, including advocacy evaluation.
Please consider the Free Resources for Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods as well. They have an overview guide to evaluation "What is program evaluation: A beginners guide" listed on the home page and a comprehensive list of free statistical software, along with some reviews of the packages
Claremont Graduate University's School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences provides the most comprehensive evaluation video library available. It provides a wealth of information beginning with a preview and highlights (5 minutes) to discussions about evidence-based practice (26 minutes).
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The American Evaluation Association has compiled a valuable collection of free self-help evaluation materials. A list, based in part on their efforts to assemble a useful collection, is presented below. It is divided into 15 categories to facilitate access to relevant material and enhance learning.
Appreciative Inquiry Basics of Evaluation Collaborative & Participatory Evaluation Development Empowerment Evaluation
Mixed-Method Outcome Planning Qualitative Questionnaire
Action Research Resources (1998)
Statistics & Quantitative Technology Toolkit Value of Evaluation
Statistic Software (free)
Evaluation Cookbook (1998)