Do graduates of the program have workforce readiness skills?
Were students who transferred to other IHEs able to function at the expected level?
The Kellogg Foundation makes a series recommendations for evaluation questions development.
• The particular philosophy of evaluation/research that you and your evaluation team members espouse will influence the questions you ask. Ask yourself and team members why you are asking the questions you are asking and what you might be missing.
• Different stakeholders will have different questions. Don’t rely on one or two people (external evaluator or funder) to determine questions. Seek input from as many perspectives as possible to get a full picture before deciding on questions.
• There are many important questions to address. Stay focused on the primary purpose for your evaluation activities at a certain point in time and then work to prioritize which are the critical questions to address. Since evaluation will become an ongoing part of project management and delivery, you can periodically revisit your evaluation goals and questions and revise them as necessary.
• Examine the values embedded in the questions being asked. Whose values are they? How do other stakeholders, particularly project participants, think and feel about this set of values? Are there different or better questions the evaluation team members and other stakeholders could build consensus around?
Following are a series of generic worksheets that can be used in developing evaluation questions.
Worksheet 1: Identifying Key Stakeholders
Identify the particular values, interests, expectations, etc., that may play a key role as criteria and in the analysis and interpretation stage of your evaluation