Evaluation is not just about collecting data and writing up a report that explains the value of your program. That's part of it, but there's much more to an effective evaluation. Evaluation is about looking at your own program and challenging your assumptions using evidence that can inform decisions. It's a tall order, and we can’t afford to start every evaluation from scratch. Therefore, we developed this collection for NOAA staff who evaluate their own education programs. It includes definitions and tools you can use to help meet monitoring and evaluation requirements and improve your programs.
We collect information on outputs and outcomes from education programs across NOAA to share the great work our educators do. This collection includes the definitions of our measures. It's intended for members of the NOAA Education Council who submit data for our annual accomplishments, but we wanted to share it publicly so that our partners, evaluators, and any one else who's interested can see how we get our numbers.