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The ABCs of Evaluation: Timeless Techniques for Program and Project Managers, Third Edition by Phyllis Dutwin, John Boulmetis

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Data Sources

SCENARIO SIX

As she had promised, Judy Hallowell came to the next committee meeting to work on an important aspect of the gardening program evaluation and the grant. That is, she asked the staff to pose the following questions to themselves: “How will I know if the gardening program activities have effected a change in attitude, activity level, health, or overall well-being of our residents? How do I acquire this information? What are my data sources?”

Many of the staff were not accustomed to looking backward—to earlier records—and then looking forward to creating new records of data on activities and their results. Judy coached them through identifying the items that were already available, such as Grandview's sign-up sheets ...

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