Ohio State University Fact Sheet
Evaluating the Collaboration Process
Richard W. Clark
Evaluating and monitoring collaborative efforts are essential tasks
if we are to be successful in coordinating programs for young people.
Evaluation efforts become more manageable when approached from two
different levels. These include: 1) evaluation of the collaboration
process and 2) measuring the impact of programs for targeted
audiences. This fact sheet focuses on evaluating the collaboration
An evaluation of the collaborative process can be pursued by studying
several different potential outcomes.
Potential Areas of Evaluation
- Training-What has the group done in training other youth
professionals coalition members or youth?
- Continuity-How long has the group been together? Is there still a
desire to work together? What type of structure has been developed to
assure the continuity of the collaboration such as, officers,
membership guidelines, memoranda of understanding?
- Involvement-How active are the group's members? How often do they
meet? How much volunteer and professional time is being focused on a
particular problem because of the collaboration?
- What types of individuals and organizations are represented? Are
these the right type of individuals to accomplish the work of the
- Has there been an increase in the number of referrals between
collaboration members? What has been the nature of these referrals?
- What types of data bases or directories have been created to
facilitate the sharing of information and assistance related to youth
Access and Equity
- Do all youth in the community have equal access to collaboration
efforts? Has access to services been enhanced by collaboration
- How do other non-collaborators obtain access to the information and
services of the collaboration members?
Information and Advocacy
- How has information increased to parents, public, policy makers and
- To what extent do member organizations promote each others'
efforts, workshops and conferences?
- How is the group serving as an advocate for youth issues in the
- Have existing funds been used more effectively? How?
- Has duplication of services been reduced or eliminated?
- How has the group been able to access new funds because of working
Additional General Questions
- What are you doing that is really working well?
- What are the major problems you are facing?
- Are there unanticipated outcomes because of working together?
To explore the questions in the proposed areas of evaluation, many
methodologies can be used. Some most common include:
- Structured Observation
- Review of Records and Reports
- Focus Group Interviews
- Interaction Analysis
Brinkerhoff, R. O., D. M. Brethower, T. Hluchyj and J. R. Nowakowski.
Program Evaluation: A Practitioners Guide for Trainers and Educators.
Boston: Kluwer-Nijhoff Publishing, 1985.
Kagan, S. L., A. M. Rivera and F. L. Parker. Collaborations in
Action: Reshaping Services to Young Children and Their Families. Yale
University, The Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy,
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