Quality baseline data can inform strong planning and implementation for a strategic plan by identifying existing assets and resources, as well as gaps in services and emerging needs. With the plan in place, evaluation can answer the critical questions: Is the strategic plan working as intended? Is it achieving its objectives? Evaluation aids in determining whether efforts should be continued, improved, expanded, revised, or curtailed.


  • Establishes a collaborative data work group
  • Assesses needs & assets of the community
  • Maps data of city, neighborhood & community
  • Sets goals & SMART objectives
  • Translates objectives into evaluation questions
  • Determines indicators & unit of analysis
  • Identifies exisiting & needed data
  • Selects a comparison group
  • Develops an evaluation plan
  • Collects & analyzes data to measure progress
  • Disseminates results
  • Uses evaluation results for revision & implementation