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Asking the Right Questions for Program Evaluations - AEA eStudy

Join AEA for this month’s eStudy, which introduces new evaluators to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Framework for Program Evaluation. Veteran evaluator and first Chief Evaluation Officer of the CDC, Tom Chapel, shares insights for setting focus and asking questions in a program evaluation.

18th April, 2017 to 27th April, 2017
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This four-day eStudy is an introduction to the major steps in designing and conducting a program evaluation. Using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Framework for Program Evaluation, we will explore the central importance of setting the right evaluation focus and asking the right evaluation questions. We will also discuss how engaging stakeholders and a strong program description help ensure that the evaluation’s focus and questions are the best ones. Throughout the eStudy, you will see how those early decisions make it easier to identify the most appropriate data collection methods and sources, choose the right ways to analyze data, and ensure that findings are reported in ways that will maximize the use of findings for program improvement.

Thomas J. Chapel, M.A., M.B.A., serves as CDC’s first Chief Evaluation Officer.  In his position, Tom strengthens program evaluation and expands evaluation capacity with CDC programs and partners by setting standards and hands-on facilitation. Additionally, he provides evaluation training, tools, and resources. Tom is known nationally for his work in evaluation and his leadership within the American Evaluation Association (AEA).  In 2013, Tom was the recipient of the AEA’s Mydral Government Evaluation Award. Before joining CDC, Tom was a vice president in the Atlanta office of Macro International (now ICF International), where he directed hundreds of projects and tasks in evaluation and planning for CDC, other Federal agencies, and state, local, and community-based organizations.


Dates: Tuesday, April 18; Thursday, April 20; Tuesday, April 25; Thursday, April 27, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT. This eStudy is a four-day course.

Presenter: Tom Chapel