A Guide for Developing and Enhancing Community Oral Health Programs  
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Step 5. Evaluate the Program
 

B. Determine Evaluation Questions

It is impossible to evaluate every aspect of a program, nor would it be useful to do so. It is important to consider what is important to evaluate and what will be done with evaluation information. Evaluations should be simple and practical. The following table provides some examples of the relationship between evaluation questions and the use of answers to these questions.

Relationship of Evaluation Questions to Use of Answers
Evaluation Questions
Use of Evaluation Answers
1. Who is using the program (by age, race, ethnicity, income, place of residence, insurance status, oral health status, type of service)? 1. Determine whether the program is reaching target audience. If it is not, revise outreach efforts.
2. What is the level of satisfaction of those using the program (by age, race, ethnicity, income, place of residence, insurance status, oral health status, type of service)? 2. Determine whether the program is meeting needs as perceived by users. If it is not, revise program strategies.
3. What are the relationships between program participation and positive changes in oral health status (by age, race, ethnicity, income, place of residence, insurance status, oral health status, type of service)? 3. Determine whether the program is achieving desired results. If it is not, review and revise program structure and strategies.

The Community Tool Box, Introduction to Evaluation is a useful resource that not only provides a comprehensive overview of evaluation of community programs but also presents a series of tools and checklists that are helpful in designing and conducting evaluations.

 

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