Evaluation Plans

See the Plan it Out Page

Evaluation Design

There are many methods you can use in your evaluation design. See the guides below to assist in choosing which method(s) to use.

To learn more please click on each item below to be directed to see quick guide, in-depth guide, and learning opportunities for each method.

Surveys and Questionnaires

A written or electronic way for participants to self-report or agencies to collect data

Interviews & Focus Groups

Interview: An interview can be conducted orally to receive data in a one-to-one setting. Focus groups: A group of participants are asked a series of questions together.

In-Depth Guide

Focus Group and Interview Guide (From the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault)

Listening to our Communities - A Guide for Focus Groups (Part of the National Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative Toolkit on community assessment approaches to support the growth of sexual assault services within multi-service programs)

Participants in a Focus Group (Focus Groups: A Practical Guide for Applied Research - Sage Publishing) 

Focus Group Guide Checklist (From the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension) 

The Ultimate Guide to Anecdote Circles (This is a great guide for conducting group storytelling for evaluation purposes - anecdote circles are sometimes used in place of focus groups.)

Tools and Templates

Focus group checklist by the Community Tool Box


Observing and documenting a setting can be used for evaluation.

In-Depth Guide

Document Review

Reviewing a variety of documents including records, meeting minutes, news articles, and other archives can be useful for evaluation.


During the actual intervention, data can be collected using activities by participants.

Quick Guide

Activity-focused evaluation involves using activities in your programming to collect data for evaluation purposes. This can involve observations, document review from participant materials, poll questions, and other items. Please refer to the podcast below for a more thorough definition and examples.