Reviewing and presenting results

Once you have results, you want to present them clearly, to celebrate the success of your findings.  Sometimes the format of a graph can inhibit effective communication.   These two webinars give examples of graphs and tables, to demonstrate appropriate methods to convey your message.   Resources and examples also show how to report your findings in APA format.

Reviewing your results will become a cyclical process.   As your evaluation yields positive results, you can build on your success and add additional items to observe and analyze.  Reviewing the findings of others may help you develop and expand your evaluation.

American Evaluation Association

The American Evaluation Association(AEA) provides extensive resources for planning and conducting Program Evaluation.  The AEA website includes a comprehensive list of tools and resourcesfor Program Evaluation.

If you join the American Evaluation Association, you can post questions to their forum and get feedback from other members. (There is an annual fee for membership.)  The American Evaluation Association also provides links to several Discussion Lists and Listservs that do not require membership.

Communicating/Reporting Program Outcomes

Joan Othieno reviews different types of media to convey successful program results, noting the importance of identifying your audience, and “telling your story” in a way that resonates with your audience.   She compares the appropriateness of different types of tables and graphs, and provides a comprehensive list of the components you can include in an evaluation report. She notes the need for empirical evidence to support conclusions.

Presentation by Joan Othieno, PhD, from NCB Institute on Practicing Outcome Evaluation for Torture Survivor Programs.

Infographics: sharing your SOT program’s work effectively

By Alyce Eaton, CVT Research Coordinator

Infographics are an effective way to show your work – through social media, as an attachment to a grant proposal, or as a gateway to more engagement with data. The infographic below shows the work of CVT's St. Paul Healing Center during 2015, which coincides with United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT) reporting to use data already being compiled.

Presenting Outcomes Data Clearly and Effectively

Paul Chandler discusses how to choose the appropriate type of graph to convey your message and communicate the results of your outcomes evaluation. Examples are used to illustrate effective ways to format titles, scale, and content within a graph. An attached Excel file, containing a set of graphs with sample data, is a template you can modify to create your own graphs.

PTSD Symptom Structure Among West African War Trauma Survivors Living in African Refugee Camps: A Factor-Analytic Investigation

This article by Greg Vinson explores which model of PTSD analysis is most appropriate for studying PTSD in a population of refugees from the war in Sierra Leone. The article provides a good example of detailed analysis of individual PTSD factors and how to present statistically significant findings.