Training and support for evaluability assessment methodology



The authors describe training of a network of professionals to conduct evaluability assessments for the Early Assessment of Programs and Policies on Childhood Obesity Initiative (Early Assessment Initiative). We learned that (1) the professionals trained had a diverse set of skills and expertise, (2) a training refresher session solidified methods and concepts, (3) evaluability assessments were improved when training included content on qualitative interviewing and development and application of logic models, and (4) comprehensive and consistent training methods helped to ensure consistency and methodological integrity. © Wiley Periodicals, Inc., and the American Evaluation Association.