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An evaluation plan has two real purposes. One purpose is to determine how effective the project has been, the level, or amount, of success or failure. The second purpose of an evaluation is to provide feedback for course corrections during the operation of the project—to improve the project as it goes along. The measurement of the long-term level of success or failure of project outcomes is called summative. The measurement of project activities during the course of the project is called formative. Most grant makers want to see both formative and summative evaluation measures.

When information is expressed numerically or on a scale, the data is quantitative. Test scores, grades, blood pressure, the number of attendees, and sales figures are all quantitative data. When information is expressed in words as opinions, the data is qualitative. "I am very satisfied" and "this was worthless" are qualitative data. Most grant makers expect to see both quantitative and qualitative data in an evaluation.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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