'Evaluation Zone' : Developing an evaluation plan
Indicators of Impact/Outcome
Indicators of Impact/Outcome provide a sign of how well you have achieved the changes you were were hoping for as a result of your project. They are about measuring change . In other words they are a measure of the extent to which you have achieved your objectives and your longer term goal. Indicators of impact relate to your objectives, and indicators of outcome relate to your goal.
Usually indicators of impact are much easier to come up with because they are about more immediate changes you are seeking. Whereas measuring outcomes refer to large and long term changes. Goals are often written as broad statements of desired change, such as to decrease social isolation in a region, or reduce the incidence of domestic violence. They can also relate to a change in health status, such as reduced mortality, morbidity, or improved well being.
Health outcome evalution rarely occurs in small primary health care projects, due to the short term funding, complexity
and difficulties of attributing project activities with long term outcomes. See below for more on Impact/Outcome evaluation.
Instead most projects focus on evaluting the impact of their project acccording to their objectives.
Examples of Impact/outcome indicators.
- changes in awareness, knowledge, skills
- increases in the number of people reached
- policy changes
- changes in behaviour
- changes in community capacity
- changes in organisational capacity (skills, structures, resources)
- increases in service usage
- improved continuity of care
To view the impact/outcome indicators on our example of a completed Program Evaluation Plan click on the 'Example Project and Evaluation Plan' in the menu to your left.
More on Impact/Outcome Indicators
For more information about impact/outcome indicators please use the index below which provides and example of a framework for health promotion impact/outcome indicators and some examples.
A framework for Health Promotion Outcomes
Health Promotion Outcomes
Improved health literacy (awareness, knowledge, skills)
Improved social influence & action