This section provides steps to develop evaluation questions in order to specify your evaluation design. It is important to work closely with your evaluation partners during the design phase to ensure there is buy-in for the approach that you choose. As you develop your evaluation questions, you should refer to your evaluation purpose statement (see Section 1).
With your evaluation partners convened:
In the idea generation phase, encourage your partners to consider the following categories of evaluation topics:
You can also refer partners to the following resources generated in Sections I and II to stimulate ideas, including:
Tip for Success
Make sure partner concerns are included to increase applicability of the evaluation results to pedestrian safety improvements.
Examples from the Field
Sample Evaluation Questions1
Sample process and outcome evaluation questions for PSAPs or education and promotion evaluations.
To prioritize your most important evaluation questions, you and your partners should consider the following:
As partners go through the prioritization process, be sure to track and explain the reasons why evaluation questions may be combined, refined, or discarded in relationship to the evaluation criteria. It is critical to share this rationale with partners to ensure all individuals feel their input and ongoing participation is needed and valued, particularly for those with little to no evaluation experience.
Review your final list of evaluation questions with all partners. Check that each question is consistent with the SMART guidelines described in Section 2 and that the partners responsible are assigned.
Worksheet to Prioritize Evaluation Questions template2
A template for rating the relevance of each evaluation question and making decisions about including vs. discarding questions based on specific criteria.