Program Evaluation

Evaluation is a key component of strategic planning. Your program evaluation will help you monitor progress toward your goals and know whether or not your interventions are having the desired effect.

Why Evaluation Is Important

Evaluating your program will help you:

  • Identify and solve problems
  • Determine progress toward your goals
  • Show partners, stakeholders, policymakers, funders, and the community the value of suicide prevention
  • Decide on how to enhance or expand your suicide prevention efforts

We strongly encourage all program developers to rigorously evaluate their programs.

How to Evaluate

Key aspects of developing an evaluation plan include:

  • Hiring an evaluator (if you don’t have one on staff)
  • Involving the agencies, organizations, and people who will be collecting or providing data for the evaluation
  • Researching the suicide problem in your community, including affected populations and risk and protective factors
  • Developing a logic model that shows how your planned activities will lead to your long-term goals
  • Monitoring progress and results
  • Analyzing findings and use them to enhance your suicide prevention efforts