Evaluation Glossary

Program Effectiveness Evaluation

Program effectiveness evaluation is the application of scientific research methods to estimate how much observed results, intended or not, are caused by program activities. Effect is linked to cause by design and analyses that compare observed results with estimates of what might have been observed in the absence of the program.


US Environmental Protection Agency. (2007). Program Evaluation Glossary. Office of the Administrator/Office of Policy/Office of Strategic Environmental Management/Evaluation Support Division.

Related Terms

Impact Analysis
Impact Assessment
Impact Evaluation
Outcome Evaluation
Summative Evaluation