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Benefits and Challenges of a Well-Planned Outcome Evaluation

This section covers the characteristics of a well-planned evaluation and looks at the benefits and challenges you may encounter when you evaluate your program.

Benefits of a well-planned evaluation include program clarification, program monitoring, and program improvement. To read the complete list, see page 126 of the full chapter PDF.

Challenges include competition for limited resources, fear of "negative" evaluation results, methodological paralysis, and difficulties of collaboration. Read about all the benefits and challenges on pages 125-128 of the full chapter PDF.

In This Section
The benefits and challenges of a well-planned outcome evaluation
A step-by-step approach for evaluating your arts program's outcome
Where to go for evaluation assistance
Developing instruments to measure improvements in arts knowledge

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