Evaluation of Outreach Programs: The Ohio Urban University Program Evaluation System

  • Knowlton Johnson University of Louisville
  • Kathryn Hexter Cleveland State University
  • David Garrison U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • David Sweet Cleveland State University
Keywords: Universities, Outreach, Evaluation Strategy


This article describes the evolution of an innovative evaluation system initiated by the Ohio Urban University Program, an eight university consortium in Ohio. It highlights a unique state-wide outreach program and the challenges of designing and implementing an evaluation strategy for multiple universities. The detailed discussion includes conceptualization of the development process, specification of data requirements, collection and analysis of data, and report results to multiple audiences.