• Demonstrate a collaborative approach throughout the evaluation process.
• Promote evidence-informed decision making through a utilization-focused approach.
• Demonstrate appropriate and effective oral communication during face-to-face, phone, and Zoom conversations.
• Demonstrate timely, appropriate, and effective written communication via email.
• Listen to understand and engage different perspectives.
• Effectively work with my organization in designing, implementing, interpreting, and reporting evaluation results as appropriate.
• Foster positive relationships with your organization throughout the evaluation process.
• Build trust with my organization throughout the evaluation.
• Provide a written report(s) communicating the evaluation process and results accurately, and in sufficient detail, to allow the community partner to understand, interpret, and use the work.
The community partner should:• Express their thoughts on what they want to learn through the evaluation.
• Fully participate in the collaborative evaluation process through frequent in-person, phone, and/or Zoom meetings, and respond to STEPs’ emails.
• Possibly partner with STEPs in administering tools and surveys, and arranging for focus groups and interviews.
• Communicate any questions or concerns to STEPs in a timely manner.
• Provide feedback to STEPs throughout the creation and presentation of deliverables.
• Reflect on the evaluation process and results, and let STEPs know how you plan to use the work.
How to prepare:• Be ready for STEPs to ask: “What do you want to know? Why do you want to know it? And what will you do when you find out?”
• Locate past evaluation reports and consider sharing them so STEPs can better understand your context.
• Access current data and consider sharing so STEPs can maximize the data you’ve already collected.
• Identify personnel who can answer STEPs questions and provided needed information.
• Look forward to thoughtful conversations about what is going well with your program, and what you might do differently.
1. Reach out to STEPs with an interest in evaluation. This can be done by phone or email or in person.
2. Meet with STEPs to discuss your program and determine your need, timeline, approximate budget, and source of funding.
3. STEPs will draft an evaluation menu including potential evaluation activities and estimated budget.
4. STEPs will answer your questions to help you make informed decisions regarding the evaluation menu and budget.
5. STEPs will work with UNO’s Office of Research and Creative Activity, which is responsible for preparing the official agreement and budget, and obtaining signatures from all parties.
6. STEPs will schedule a meeting with your key staff and the STEPs evaluation team to establish the groundwork for a successful evaluation.
7. Meet with STEPs to review the finalized report and findings.
Throughout the evaluation process, your STEPs program evaluator and graduate research assistant will stay in close contact to coordinate any necessary data collection, update you on the progress, and make sure your needs are being met. After completing the evaluation plan, STEPs will ask for your assessment of the evaluation, and whether you would like to continue with another evaluation project.