Looking back over a five-year Community Partnership grant, the practicing sociologists who evaluated the project note some important lessons learned from the experience. Problems discussed in this paper include difficulties with the collection of timely baseline data, transition in evaluation teams and its effects on the research design, data collection strategies that produce varied pictures of program effects, problems in using extant data, and other issues in evaluating a community-wide intervention. Recommendations are made to address these issues and a case is made for using qualitative as well as quantitative methods in community evaluation projects.

Included in

Sociology Commons