Part of the National Minority AIDS Council “Organizational Effectiveness Manuals Series”. This manual demonstrates the importance of program evaluation with regard to the development of HIV/AIDS interventions.
A current challenge facing HIV/AIDS service providers is to document, validate, coordinate and integrate their programmatic activities. All of these components can be addressed with the implementation of a comprehensive evaluation program. Evaluation is the system used to assess the worth or merit of a program. This general definition, however, does not take
into account descriptive studies, implementation analyses, and formative evaluations. A better-suited definition would incorporate the information processing and feedback role of evaluation. An alternative definition of evaluation is the systematic acquisition and assessment of information to provide useful feedback about a program.
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