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Interim reports: Is the program working?

A formative evaluation occurs in the middle of a program and allows you to ask the question: Is this working?

Use your interim report with your program team to adjust resource allocation or modify what isn’t working. Use your interim report to negotiate with partners and funders about any important changes that will increase the likelihood of success with the program.

Enough Participants?
Why not? What change would help?
Quality of the product?
Is it good enough: software, instructional materials, themed activities in a summer library program?
Are you meeting your income targets?
With multi-year programs, you may want to evaluate the effectiveness of the outcomes expected: are outcomes clearly written? Are outcomes sufficent to describe what you hope will happen? Are date collection methods cost efficient?

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