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Tools and Resources

NEO Resources

4 Steps to an Evaluation Plan
Writing a proposal? Evaluation planning starts right when you start thinking about doing a project. We recommend working through the NEO's Booklets, but here are some of the basic steps and worksheets if you want to jump right in.

​Social Media Evaluation Presentation Resource Guide
A list of resources about social media metrics, and general evaluation. This was made for the "Beyond the Memes" presentation.


American Evaluation Association
The AEA is an international professional association "devoted to the application and exploration of evaluation in all its forms". Click on "Links" to view AEA's "pre-eminent resource list of links of interest to evaluators."

CDC's Division for Health Disease and Stroke Prevention Evaluation Resources
Guides, Evaluations, Tip Sheets, and more- including evaluation "Coffee Break" webinars and podcasts.

Evaluation Checklists 
The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University improves the quality and consistency of evaluations by providing high-quality checklists targeted to specific evaluation tasks and approaches that enhance evaluation capacity.

Institute on Museum & Library Services Evaluation Resources
Links to resources that support program evaluation and outcome monitoring in the library and museum fields.

MCR Program Evaluation
The NNLM MidContinental Region prepared a page dedicated to evaluation tools.

Program Development and Evaluation
Evaluation resources and training from University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.

Research Randomizer
Designed to assist researchers and students who want an easy way to perform random sampling or assign participants to experimental conditions.


AEA365 | A Tip A Day by and for Evaluators
This resource is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association (AEA). Each day someone posts new "Hot Tips, Cool Tricks, Rad Resources, and Lessons Learned for evaluators."

Better Evaluation Blog
An international collaboration to improve evaluation by sharing information about evaluation methods, processes and approaches. The blog has posts that provide new perspectives  about particular issues in evaluation.

The evaluation resource center for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. Their blog has lessons learned, tips, or techniques on evaluation management, proposal development, evaluation design, data collection and analysis, reporting, and more.

Evergreen Data
Stephanie Evergreen writes a blog about data visualization.  For the record, she has written the book(s) on data visualization, Effective Data Visualization and Presenting Data Effectively.

Print Resources

In Search of Cultural Competence in Evaluation: Toward Principles and Practices 
Thompson-Robinson M, Hopson R, SenGupta S, eds.
(New Directions for Evaluation, no. 102, Summer 2004, Jossey-Bass)
This volume of New Directions for Evaluation addresses questions about how cultural issues affect evaluation practice, including an overview of cultural competence and case studies in a variety of settings with several populations. According to the editors, it offers "an important discussion of race, culture, and diversity in evaluation striving to shape and advance culturally competent evaluation and, in tandem, evaluation of culturally competent services."
Online access to "New Directions in Evaluation" is available to members of the American Evaluation Association.

Interactive Evaluation Practice: Mastering the Interpersonal Dynamics of Program Evaluation.
King, J. A., & Stevahn, L. (2013). Interactive Evaluation Practice: Mastering the Interpersonal Dynamics of Program Evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry 
Preskill H, Catsambas T, eds. 
(2006, Sage)

The bottom line: determining and communicating the value of the special library.
Matthews J., 2002.

The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash A Culture of Innovation.
Lipmanowicz, H. & McCandless, K. (2014). The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash A Culture of Innovation. Seattle, WA: Liberating Structures Press.