Identifying Evaluation Models

Identifying Evaluation Models

Identifying Evaluation Models



Assignment/ Project Evaluation Paper Guidelines:Identifying Evaluation Models

Construct a framework for the evaluation of your project. Identify and describe the type of model selected for evaluation: discrepancy, goal-free, transaction, goal-based or decision-making model. Discuss why this model was chosen. You will then develop the tool(s) to be used to evaluate if the objective/goals, the financial aspect of the project and how the data collected will be analyzed. The final paper should not exceed eight pages  without title page, references, and appendix.  It should be written in the APA Professional Paper Format, not the student paper format.

Complete and submit the Program Evaluation Paper (CO1, CO5) due in Week 5. Review the assignment rubric before submission:  ATTACHED


See attached articles and week 5 assignment and sample paper and rubric. 

Must USE Attached Articles, in Addition to Extra Outside Resources



1. This article examines nursing professionals’ experiences of the facilitators and barriers to the use of telehealth applications:  Nursing Professional Experiences and Telehealth.pdf (CO1, CO5) ATTACHED


2. This article discusses nursing participation in developing IT policy:  Nurse engagement in healthcare IT policy.pdf  (CO1, CO5) ATTACHED


3. This article illustrates how new, policy-driven computer work is being integrated into the value systems, social relationships, and communication patterns of interprofessional teams:  Is It Improving Interprofessional Communications.pdf  (CO1, CO5) ATTACHED


4. This article examines the relationship between stress in the APRN and the electronic health record:  EHR stress among APRN’s.pdf  (CO1, CO5) ATTACHED


Additional information regarding evaluation models:

Identifies and clearly describes the type of model selected for evaluation; discrepancy, goal-free, transaction, goal-based or decision-making model. Discuss why this model was chosen.

These models all vary in data collection methods, philosophy, and approach. Project or program planners need to know the purpose of evaluation to choose the appropriate model.  Choosing the appropriate model allows for dissemination of the results of the program to the stakeholders (Boulmetis & Dutwin, 2011).

The  discrepancy evaluation model as developed by Malcolom Provus and first published in 1969 relates well with process improvements, especially QI projects. The discrepancy model operates on the premise that programs are not independent of the organization and focuses on the why and not cause-effect relationship.

The focus of the  goal-free model is on evaluating the entire program and predetermined goals. The goal-free model is thought to be difficult to use since there is not a specific focus identified at the onset. While it may provide interesting information, it is not always easy to implement, or gain support.

The  transaction model focuses on continuous back and forth interactions between the evaluator and staff over a long period, and may not produce necessary data for stakeholders.

The  goal-based model of evaluation uses the program’s stated outcomes as a metric to evaluate the program. The evaluator uses quantitative or qualitative methods to measure the degree to which the program met its outcomes. Question: did the program achieve its goals according to the timeline? Should the goals be modified for the future?     Boulmetis, J. & Dutwin, P. (2011).  The ABCs of evaluation: timeless techniques for program and project managers. Jossey-Bass. If you use the online Steely Library services, you can access the entire book online. Chapter 5 is the one that goes into greater detail about each model, and how to choose between each one.

The  decision-making model focuses on using the information to make decisions about future use of the project or program.  If a project identifies a potential for improvement, then this could be used for future projects to make decisions about how, when and where to implement.

Identifying Evaluation Models