5 Steps to an Evaluation
Step 3: Develop Indicators for Your Logic Model
The third step in designing your evaluation is to select measurable indicators for outcomes in your logic model. Indicators are observable signs of your outcomes and will help you measure your achievement. Identify indicators that align to the outcomes in your logic model. Tracking these indicators over time will help you reflect upon your progress and help you collect and show results.
- Consider whether your outcomes are short-term, intermediate, or long-term
- Most NNLM projects are of short duration and should focus only on short-term or intermediate outcomes.
- It may be necessary to use more than one indicator to cover all elements of a single outcome.
- For your outcomes (mostly short-term and intermediate), identify:
- Indicators (observable signs of the outcome)
- Target criteria (level that must be attained to determine success)
- Time frame (the point in time when the threshold for success will be achieved
- How to develop measurable indicators
- Outcome Indicator Blank Worksheet (top section) Worksheet: Measurable Indicators
- Collect data on demographics as part of your survey process. It is important to understand your participants' backgrounds and how that may affect their engagement with your program.
- During analysis, compare differences in backgrounds against outcome results. If there are gaps identified in reaching certain populations, consider adjustments to program implementation to serve all participants equitably.
- More information on collecting demographic data