Program evaluation is a way of determining the value of programs and whether or not they have met their goals and objectives.
A program evaluation may answer some or all of these questions:
Program evaluation tells organizations how well they have done and whether they are achieving their objectives. Yukon Education is most often interested in the impact of programs on students, trainees, or foreign workers.
Program evaluation helps organizations manage programs and make good decisions. It identifies strengths and weaknesses and often includes making recommendations that help to ensure programs stay on track. Program evaluation also makes programs more accountable because it tells organizations and funders the results of the programs and the impact they are having, which can help to determine future funding. Finally, program evaluation contributes to learning, and the lessons learned can then be shared.
The people who conduct program evaluations usually include recommendations in their evaluation reports. The Department of Education and the evaluated organizations carefully consider those recommendations to decide which ones they will implement. Not all recommendations are implemented. Considerations may include:
Here is a list of program evaluations conducted by or for Yukon Education. Almost all of these evaluations were conducted by independent third parties.