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Program Evaluation Resources

These tools can be used to conduct evaluations and come from a variety of sources, including EPA and other evaluation organizations.

Federal Evaluation

All federal agencies are expected to use performance information to strengthen programs. The federal government has therefore pushed for a greater emphasis on evaluations to prove what is working and what is not. Program evaluations can help EPA meet these expectations and comply with federal policies such as those outlined by the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRA), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Professional Organizations

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  • American Evaluator's Association (AEA) — an international, professional association of evaluators. The AEA sponsors an annual evaluation conference and supports an Environmental Program Evaluation Topical Interest Group (EPE TIG).
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Managements (APPAM) — a non-profit organization that works to improve public policy and management through research, analysis, and education.
  • Conservation Measures Partnership — a partnership of conservation organizations that seek better ways to design, manage, and measure the impacts of their conservation actions. CMP offers a variety of tools to assist programs as they undertake these efforts.
  • Environmental Evaluator's Network (EEN) — an international organization, comprised of environmental evaluators and evaluation consumers, that seeks to further the field of environmental evaluation.
  • National Academy of Public Administration — consults with government and private foundations on a variety of aspects of public management, including evaluation and performance measurement.

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Evaluation Guides and Tools

These evaluation guides and tools are from EPA and other federal Agencies. They discuss principles and provide instructions for conducting program evaluations or creating performance measures.

Note: This page provides links to non-EPA web sites. EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of information on non-EPA pages. Providing links to a non-EPA Web site is not an endorsement of the other site or the information it contains by EPA or any of its employees. Exit

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