Standards and Criteria for a Program Evaluation

Standards and Criteria for a Program Evaluation

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To ensure that the evaluation of the TANF program will be effective, three evaluation standards will be utilized. Through these standards, the evaluator will ensure that the evaluation activities are well-designed and of high-quality. First, feasibility standards will be utilized. This set of standards has been chosen to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the evaluation (Yarbrough et al., 2010). Through these standards, effective project management strategies and procedures will be implemented. The evaluator will also recognize the political interests of stakeholders and use available resources efficiently. Second, accuracy standards will be utilized. By observing these standards, the evaluator will increase the reliability of the findings (Royse et al., 2016). This means that the evaluation process will yield reliable and consistent information to the intended purpose. Third, propriety standards will be observed. This will ensure that any conflict of interest is addressed to prevent process compromise. 

Also, three criteria will be used to evaluate the program. Evaluating the program against these criteria will provide sufficient information about it (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2019). First, the program will be evaluated against its relevance. This is the extent to which its objectives are consistent with the needs of the beneficiaries and the policies of the government. Second, the evaluator will assess program effectiveness. This is the extent to which program objectives are being achieved. Third, the evaluator will assess the efficiency of the program. The focus will be on whether the available resources are well used to achieve the desired results (Royse et al., 2016). These criteria will help fulfill the purpose of the evaluation process. Through these standards and criteria, the evaluator will ensure that evaluation activities yield results that will accurately guide the implementation of the TANF program.


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2019). Better Criteria            for Better Evaluation, 1-13.

Royse, D., Thyer, B. A., & Padgett, D. K. (2016). Program evaluation: An introduction to an evidence-based approach (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.

Yarbrough, D.B., Shula, L.M., Hopson, R.K., & Caruthers, F.A. (2010). The Program   Evaluation Standards: A guide for evaluators and evaluation users (3rd. ed).      Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.