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The OERL collection of evaluation reports includes both complete evaluation reports and excerpts from evaluation reports. The table of contents for each complete report has been modified to indicate which sections of the report include each of the six components typically found in evaluation reports: Executive Summary, Project Description, Evaluation Overview, Design, Analysis Process, and Results & Recommendations. Excerpts are organized by these report components and each excerpt is accompanied by annotations identifying how it represents the quality criteria for reports.

Evaluation reports are of two types: progress reports and final reports. Progress reports provide formative information and recommendations based on the accomplishments and difficulties of a project as it is being implemented. Final reports summarize qualitative and quantitative evaluation data collected throughout the project and present findings and conclusions about the project's accomplishment of its intended outcomes.

Both progress and final evaluation reports may exist as a section embedded within a larger project report or as a stand-alone evaluation report. Evaluation activities may be carried out internally (i.e., by project staff or project advisory group) or externally (i.e., by an independent evaluator or evaluation team).

Click on a project type tab on the left (Curriculum Development, Teacher Education, etc.) to see the sample reports for that project type.

Also available are answers to frequently asked questions about reports and a complete list of contributors. To get a more complete understanding of report components and how they are applied, take a look at the quality criteria, glossary, and alignment table for reports. The alignment table aligns the criteria entries and glossary definitions of report components with evaluation standards.

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