Evaluation 101

Learn more about the evaluation basics.

A project of the Afterschool Alliance.

What is evaluation? How can it help improve your afterschool program and make the case to stakeholders about value and impact? Coming in 2017, this section will be a resource for afterschool providers to gain a basic understanding of the goals and methods of program evaluation. For now, check out the Introductory Materials section on the Additional Resources page.

Find an Evaluator

Looking for an evaluator? Below are a few external resources that can help connect you to an evaluator for your program.

  • Afterschool Expert Hub - A website developed by the National AfterSchool Association and Catalyst:Ed to help match afterschool program providers with vetted experts in a variety of areas and capacities, one of which includes program evaluation.
  • Afterschool Research and Evaluation Capacity Map - An interactive mapping project from the Harvard Family Research Project that shows the locations and contact information for afterschool-focused national, state and local research organizations; researchers that have worked on afterschool-related projects; and the statewide afterschool networks. 
  • Working with a Professional Evaluator - A starter on what role professional evaluators can play and what to expect.