Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet

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 process.

An evaluation of the collaborative process can be pursued by studying several different potential outcomes.

Potential Areas of Evaluation



Access and Equity

Information and Advocacy


Additional General Questions

To explore the questions in the proposed areas of evaluation, many methodologies can be used. Some most common include:


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, 1991.

All educational programs conducted by Ohio State University Extension are available to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, disability or Vietnam-era veteran status.

Keith L. Smith, Associate Vice President for Ag. Adm. and Director, OSU Extension.

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