UCP Evaluation Program

The UCP Evaluation Program facilitates and supports activities related to research, strategic learning, evaluation, and performance tracking of UCP programs. Collaborating closely with program managers and staff across the organization, the goal of the UCP Evaluation Program is to improve program management, ensure accountability, and foster organizational learning. By providing resources for developing, implementing, and monitoring appropriate effectiveness indicators, the UCP Evaluation Program works to promote the systematic assessment of programmatic initiatives and build the evaluation capacity to implement evidence-based accountable programs.

Below are some of the evaluation services we offer, and a brief description of how they have been used to support UCP.

Evaluation Services

Development of Program Logic Models and Theories of Change

Logic models are useful tools for describing how programs operate to achieve their goals. By visually displaying connections between the resources provided, activities implemented, products offered, customers served, and outcomes expected, a logic model helps managers clearly articulate the value of their programs. Within UCP, logic models have been developed for The GLOBE Program and NSDL, providing a framework for describing program efforts and how they lead to program impacts.

Technical Assistance in Developing and Improving Data Collection Tools

Systematic data collection that reports on both program activities and outcomes are critical for informing strategic planning and management. UCP offers a full continuum of services that include: 1) developing and piloting new data collection instruments; 2) data collection and analysis; 3) preparaing and presenting briefings; and 4) preparing final reports that provide recommendations based on data findings. The following data collection tools have been developed and piloted for a number of programs and projects under the UCP umbrella:  

  • Observational Protocols
  • Online Surveys
  • Focus Groups
  • Individual Interviews
  • Rubric Development
  • Needs Assessment
  • Comparative Analysis Data Collection

Training and Evaluation Capacity Building

Researchers within the UCP Evaluation Program have hosted training workshops to assist programs in developing internal capacity for monitoring and evaluating their programs. These workshops generally last two days and are interactive, giving participants an opportunity to develop logic models, performance measures, and outcome worksheets that track the number and various types of outcomes associated with program activities. 

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The UCAR Community Programs provide innovative resources, tools, and services in support of the research and education goals of the atmospheric and Earth system sciences community.

A major focus for UCP is making sure the science from NCAR and UCAR institutions is translated in novel ways to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.

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