8 Steps to Measure Impact

Eight Steps to Measure the Impact of Your Youth Program(s)

To measure the impact of your department’s youth program, follow the eight steps below to identify what information you need to collect. Each item includes a link showing examples to assist you in identifying what fits for your program.

 

 

  • Step 1 – Identify Program Type: What type of youth program are you planning to evaluate? View Examples
  • Step 2 – Identify Problem(s): What issue(s) are you trying to address through the program? View Examples
  • Step 3 – Identify Goal(s): What is the purpose of your program? What do you hope to achieve through the program?
  • Step 4 – Identify Objective(s): How do you plan to achieve your program goals? View Examples
  • Step 5 – Identify Program Activities: What program activities will you use to reach your goals and objectives? View
  • Step 6 – Identify Output Measures: What data do you need to collect to show your program’s impact? View Examples
  • Step 7 – Identify Short-Term Outcome Measures: How will you apply the output data to demonstrate your program’s
    short-term changes? View Examples
  • Step 8 – Identify Long-Term Outcome Measures: How will you apply the output data to show your program’s
    long-term changes?  View Examples

 

Glossary of Terms

Below are some definitions to help differentiate between key terms used in the impact evaluation process.

Goals- broad definitions of what the program plans to achieve.
Objectives- specific and measurable statements regarding what the program will accomplish.
Outputs- describes and/or counts program activity data. Output data is used to assess program outcomes.
Short-Term Outcomes- results or accomplishments of program activities measured at the end of program participation.
Long-Term Outcomes- results or accomplishments of program activities measured 6-12 months after program participation.