Other Program Evaluation Tools

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External Tools

Here you will find additional tools that were not developed by My-Peer but that we considered may be of use to peer-based youth programs. All of these are free to use but may have copyright conditions associated with this use. Please refer to individual tools for further details of copyright requirements.

Most Significant Change (MSC) Technique

Davies & Dart (2005)


This publication is aimed at organisations, community groups, students and academics who wish to use MSC to help monitor and evaluate their social change programs and projects, or to learn more about how it can be used. The technique is applicable in many different sectors, including agriculture, education and health, and especially in development programs. It is also applicable to many different cultural contexts. MSC has been used in a wide variety of countries by a range of organisations. By 2004, MSC had been used both by NGOs and governments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and Australasia.

YouthARTS Handbook: Arts Programs for Youth at Risk

Americans for the Arts (1998)


The YouthARTS Handbook contains four chapters which reflect the main tasks involved in implementing youth programs including program planning, training, evaluation, and budgeting. The evaluation chapter provides information on how to conduct a rigorous evaluation of both your program implementation process and your program outcomes. The chapter describes the benefits and challenges of program evaluation, the basic concepts of effective program evaluation, the specific steps that you will need to take to conduct a well-planned evaluation of your arts program, methods used to measure art knowledge, and other best practices from the field.

NYSAN Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool (QSA): Planning for Ongoing Program Improvement

The New York State Afterschool Network (2005)


The QSA is a self-assessment tool that is organised into 10 essential elements of effective afterschool programs including: environment; administration; programming/activities; youth participation/ engagement. The tool aims to provide a measure of program quality for program planning and improvement.

California After-School Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool

California Afterschool Network and the California Department of Education (2009)


The California After-School Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool looks at a variety of program quality areas and can be used by reviewing only single sections or by using the entire tool to assess multiple program dimensions.

Project Cornerstone Evaluation Toolkit

Project Cornerstone (2000)


The Project Cornerstone Evaluation Toolkit is an assessment tool that aims to improve the way an organisation is currently supporting youth and contains both quality improvement as well as outcome evaluation components.

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