Manage Your Data
Once you have established a need, developed your full evaluation plan, planned your program, refined it through studies and decided that it is needed, you are ready to implement your program. There are many influences to be aware of when implementing a program or project. Be sure to always keep your target group and established and defined need in mind as you proceed. Your evaluation plan can serve as the framework for program success.
Implementation is the time when all of the comprehensive planning that you have done is put to the test. Evaluation plans are intended to be flexible. You will want to use the data you are collecting along the way to adapt your program to reach your goals. For example, while you may have found that past programs were very successful in reaching cancer survivors after work, your current population may have a tough time participating at that particular time.
The majority of issues you face are likely to be barriers or challenges that you have already anticipated. Hopefully, you have already put some thought into how to address if they were to arise. In the end, there may be changes that need to be made. Using the data you have collected throughout the planning and evaluating processes is crucial to gain support from your organization as well as the constituents you may serve.
Think about what needs exist in your community. Define how you are best suited to address one or more of those needs. You should be able to answer the following questions:
- What are the needs in your community?
- What is the need in which you will have the ability to make the greatest impact?
- Is there an evidence base for your program?
- Will your program address the need?
- What are your goals and objectives?
- What will success look like?
- How will you know that you have achieved your goals?