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 towards your goals
  • Show partners, stakeholders, policymakers, funders, and the community the value of suicide prevention
  • Decide on how to enhance or expand suicide prevention

We strongly encourage all program developers to rigorously evaluate their programs. You should also consider submitting information about your evaluated program to SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). To learn more about how to do so, see NREPP’s Reviews & Submissions Overview page.

How to Evaluate

When developing an evaluation plan, you should:

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