The Evaluation Learning Community (ELC) provided an opportunity for states to learn the principles of evaluation and how to conduct valid evaluations to answer critical questions around program practices and procedures. This three-part institute included distance learning, face-to-face training, and team coaching components that begin in late October 2019 and virtual assistance will continue through December 2020.
Through participation in the ELC, states engaged in a 3-stage process to: (1) identify research questions, (2) design a research approach, and (3) analyze and interpret results to make decisions about how to make improvements. By using this evaluation process, states determined if they were implementing programming as it was intended, identified what worked across program implementation, and decided whether an initiative was successful. NRS held its three-day, face-to-face Targeted Training for the ELC on November 19-21, 2019.