Program & Policy Evaluation

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:

 

Outcome evaluation, impact evaluation

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.

 

Formative evaluation and process evaluation (program monitoring)

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.

 

Supporting decision makers and policy makers

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.

 

Examples of evaluation projects conducted by the unit

  • Evaluation of World ORT-Kadima Mada’s Mentors for 5 program
  • Evaluation of Kol Zchut, the initiative for making information on rights and entitlements accessible, on behalf of JDC Israel’s Institute for Leadership and Governance
  • Process evaluation of educational programs in East Jerusalem under the auspices of the strategic program for education in East Jerusalem - for RAMA, the National Authority for Measurement and Evaluation in Education
  • Factors influencing middle-school students’ motivation to study math and science - for the Trump Family Foundation
  • Parents’ attitudes and expectations concerning middle school and math and science studies - for the Trump Family Foundation
  • Factors facilitating high performance by students in PISA 2015 in Israel - for the Trump Family Foundation
  • Features of math instruction in post-elementary education in selected countries - for the Trump Family Foundation

 

Contact us:

Director of Program Evaluation Unit, Hagar Lerman, 02-6759595 eval@nite.org.il