Program Evaluation for the Homelessness Sector

Knowledge Check

Get ready to test your knowledge of Part 3.

Q1. An organization wants to know if youth are better prepared to find employment after completing a 6-week employment preparation program. Which of these indicators is the best way to show that participants gained the required knowledge and skills? (Hint: Think about the type of data you could collect to show that participants gained the required knowledge and skills?) 

  a)  Number of jobs applications they send out over a 30 day period

  b)  Survey of employers they have interviewed with

  c)  In-person interviews of participants 3 months post-completion

  d)  All of the above 

Reveal answer

The correct answer is d).

Q2. True or False. To analyse quantitative data (amounts, percentages) you must use statistical software. 

Reveal answer

The correct answer is False.

Q3. True or False. To analyze qualitative data obtained through interviews it’s best to sort responses by common themes. 

Reveal answer

The correct answer is True.

Q4. The best way to communicate the findings of your evaluation is with

  a)  An infographic because people like visuals.

  b)  An executive summary because people won’t read a long report.

  c)  A detailed report because you must be transparent about how you conducted the evaluation. 

  d)  Any of the above provided the dissemination method conveys your message to its intended audience.

Reveal answer

The correct answer is d).

Q5. To shift from service-focused to client-focused evaluation means changing from:

   a)  Measuring the amount of what you do to measuring the benefit of what you do.

  b)  Focusing on clients to focusing on services.

  c)  Showing evidence of activities to showing evidence of results.

  d)  Both A and B are correct.

  e)  Both A and C are correct. 

Reveal answer

The correct answer is e).