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Cover Title - Evaluation Report

Table of Contents -

Executive Summary ...........................................1
Introduction ......................................................2
Program Description ...........................................3
Evaluation Focus ................................................4
Procedures ........................................................
Sample Size and Recruitment ....................
Data Collection ........................................
Data Analysis ..........................................
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Results .............................................................9
Conclusions and Recommendations ......................11

Executive Summary - An executive summary provides a high-level overview of the report. In one or two pages, it provides a concise description of the program, a brief statement about the evaluation goals and methodology, a summary of the most important findings of the evaluation, and any implications or recommendations. An abstract usually replaces the executive summary in reports intended for journal publication.

Introduction - The introduction acquaints the reader with the context and background of the research being described in the report. It should summarize the program and explain the problem it seeks to remedy or treat. In addition, this section should briefly review the existing literature to explain what previous methods to address the problem have found.

Program Description - This section gives a complete, detailed description of the program, including theoretical or conceptual origins, core components, a definition of the target population and intended outcomes, and basic implementation requirements.

Evaluation Focus - Here the evaluator explains what aspects of the program are being examined and why. Topics covered here include the rationale for the evaluation, activities and strategies followed in implementing the evaluation, and the questions put forth.

Procedures - The procedures (or methods) section should describe the methodology of the evaluation in sufficient detail that other investigators will be able to (a) assess the rigor and appropriateness of your methods and (b) carry out a replication if desired. Topics covered in this section include methods for sample size and recruitment, data collection, and data analysis.

Sample Size and Recruitment
This section explains how the study sample was selected and recruited and often provides demographic data on study participants. Information should be provided on the number of individuals who were identified as potential participants and the number who elected to participate, as well as the retention rate (how many participants remained through the end of the study). 

Data Collection
This section describes the measures or instruments used in the evaluation and provides psychometrics on the reliability and validity of each measure. It should explain how each measure was administered (by whom, how, and when). Also important to include is a discussion of missing data and attrition and any statistical methods or other approaches used to address these issues, along with a justification for these methods, if applicable.

Data Analysis
This section explains the analytic techniques used in the study. Covered here are the methods used to explore, identify, and address potential confounding variables; documentation of adequate sample size and statistical power; a discussion of the fit between statistical techniques used and complexity of the data; and documentation that analyses were sufficiently sophisticated for the nature of the data.

Results - The evaluation findings are presented and interpreted in the results section. Interpretation of the findings should reflect a careful process of synthesis and analysis that supports judgments and subsequent recommendations. It is helpful to clearly relate the findings to specific evaluation questions.

If necessary to manage report length, and if appropriate for the intended audience, more extensive details related to the findings can be included in supporting appendixes. Outcomes should be presented with accompanying significant levels (p values) and effect sizes to demonstrate the size and statistical significance of the findings.

Conclusions and Recommendations - The conclusion of the report discusses the implications of the evaluation findings for your program as well as any program modifications or improvements that are recommended based on these findings. It is often effective to present your conclusions in terms of both the strengths and limitations of the program. This section might also offer some ideas for future research.

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