NITE’s Program Evaluation Unit was established in response to the increasing need for evaluation of programs operating in Israel. The unit evaluates educational and societal programs, and implements the high standards and professional expertise that are the trademarks of NITE’S activities in general.
The unit conducts various types of evaluation research according to clients’ requirements, such as:
This type of evaluation focuses on the outcomes of a program in order to evaluate the program’s effectiveness and the extent it achieved its defined aims and objectives. Outcome evaluation may be performed at the end of a program as part of summative evaluation with reference to the whole period of the program’s activity, or while the program is still in progress as part of formative evaluation.
The distinguishing feature of this type of evaluation is that the project is evaluated in process, in order to “fine tune” it while still in motion. Formative evaluation assists in identifying the strong points of the program, the challenges it faces and the obstacles preventing it from attaining optimum performance. Thus, changes can be made to the components of the program in order to improve its performance and increase its effectiveness. It is also possible to investigate to what extent the program’s activity is compatible with the aims and objectives it defined for itself and refine its activity in accordance with the findings.
For clients requesting assistance with determining policy or as part of the decision-making process, the unit is prepared to write different kinds of surveys of the relevant literature - theoretical surveys, international program surveys, summaries of research results, etc.
We use a range of evaluation tools including surveys and questionnaires, observations, structured or semi-structured interviews, in-depth interviews and focus groups. We select the appropriate research methods for each project and implement quantitative and qualitative methods and analyses as necessary. The unit’s staff are experienced researchers in the fields of assessment and evaluation from a variety of academic backgrounds.
Director of Program Evaluation Unit, Hagar Lerman, 02-6759595 firstname.lastname@example.org