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To decide if it is in your or your agency's interest to hire an evaluator, try answering the following questions:

  • Do you (or someone in your agency) know how to conduct process and outcome evaluations?
  • Do you (or someone in your agency) know enough about evaluation to conduct one with the support of resources that are available in the field (e.g., manuals, toolkits, textbooks, guides)?
  • Do you (or someone in your agency) have enough time to conduct a comprehensive program evaluation?
  • If you have some expertise, do you have enough expertise to plan and implement an evaluation that meets your information needs or those of your funder?

If the answer to most of these questions is "no," you should consider hiring an external evaluator to plan and conduct your evaluation.

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