Program Evaluations

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Corporate program evaluations, like employee performance evaluations, are used to gauge the effectiveness of corporate practice and resources. They are designed to measure the success of programs that are already in practice as well as to help business leaders develop new programs to improve employee productivity, corporate image, and profitability. In most cases, program evaluations are conducted over an extended period of time (often a year or so) in order to generate the most accurate results possible.

Many businesses choose to administer program evaluations as part of annual employee surveys. By incorporating customized program assessment questions into the survey, businesses can help link the success or the failure of the programs in question to other business variables. For example, any corporate intervention or program may prove unsuccessful for employees who are directly under managers with poor leadership skills, and vice versa.

The Results of Program Evaluations

Many companies that administer evaluations produce a multi-tiered report that examines a number of factors of the survey. One of the most important aspects of many survey results is an analysis table that lays out the effects of every aspect of the resource in question on multiple business variables, including motivation, teamwork, management skills, and profit, among others. Along with the analysis table, a map of how the survey was received in each department of the business is often included for reference.

Another important portion of the report usually includes some measure of proof regarding the reliability and validity of the survey results. Because many important business decisions are often made from survey results, it is important that those results be scientifically reliable and quantifiable . Other materials that help explain the results of the assessment are also generally included with the report.

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