Evaluating your program on an ongoing basis builds sustainability capacity in two key ways.

First, evaluation helps keep your program on track with its goals and outcomes. If evaluation data shows that an activity or strategy isn’t working, you can correct your program’s course to become more effective. Your evaluation or performance improvement measures can also influence strategic planning.

Second, collecting data about your program’s successes and impact is a powerful tool for gaining support and funding. If your evaluation data shows that your program is making an important (or irreplaceable) impact, you can make a strong case for why your program needs to continue. Even in times of decreased funding, evaluation and monitoring data are key for the pursuit of new funding sources.

The Program Sustainability Assessment Tool belongs to Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, U.S.