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idea through the evaluation stage. What elements are essential to all programs? What special considerations might be necessary? Produce a list that identifies 5 to 10 elements essential to an effective program plan. Elements essential to an effective program plan include: • • • • • • • Mission Statement Target population Timeline for Implementation Goals and Objectives Student Application Requirements Program and Operating Budget Evaluation Methods
Effective program planning involves creating of a data collection plan so that effective evaluation can take place from inception. Evaluation plans should include elements that show work is being carried out in accordance with the organization’s mission, that goals are being achieved through application of specific tasks identified in objectives, that the budget and timelines are met and that the evaluation team can see a coordinated effective staff effort in carrying out the objectives. Ongoing evaluation will give the best results for any program. Regularly scheduled reports, monthly or quarterly, will yield data that can be readily available and makes for good internal and external evaluation. Recommendations should define where changes need to be made and show who is responsible for ensuring that they are accomplished.