Program Evaluation for the Homelessness Sector

4.2 Describe the program

Step 2

There are many important pieces of information that you need to gather to describe the program.

You will want to describe the program in relation to the organization’s mission. Next, you will need to define the activities and resources and how they are related to each other. What is the stage of development of the program - planning, implementation, or effective stage? Finally you want to identify goals and consider intended and unintended effects of the program (the change) within the greater context. 

These questions will help you describe the program:

  1. What are the issues (needs or problems) that the program addresses?
  2. What program effects do you expect?
  3. What are the program activities?
  4. What program resources are needed?
  5. What is the stage of development of the program?
  6. What is the context or setting of the program?

Community Kitchen Example

COMMUNITY KITCHEN

What are the issues (needs or problems)
that the program addresses?

•   Health of the unborn child

•   Health of the pregnant youth

•   Learning skills

What program effects do you expect?

•   Learn cooking skills

•   Strengthen relationships

•   (other specific actions, steps & strategies)

What are the program activities?

•   Shopping/cooking activities

•   Education sessions

•   Communal meals

What program resources are needed?

•   Staff, kitchen/dining space, equipment, food, money

What is the stage of development of the program?

New program

Planning stage

What is the context or setting of the program?

•   On-site kitchen & dining hall

•   New funding

•   Food security