Program Evaluation the CDC Way: An Overview for Epidemiologists
CDC and CSTE partnered in 2018 to provide a webinar training series on evaluation. The objective of the series was to utilize the steps and standards of CDC's Framework for Program Evaluation for creating and implementing evaluation and performance measurement plans that are practical, useful, and feasible. The speaker for each lesson is Thomas Chapel, MA, MBA. Thomas Chapel has been CDC’s first Chief Evaluation Officer since 2011, but for more than a decade before that was helping CDC programs and partners build their capacity to do better evaluation, performance measurement, and strategic planning.  Tom and his staff in the Office of Program Planning and Evaluation (OPPE) set guidelines and standards, provide training and customized facilitation, run networking sessions and roundtables, and assign and manage a pool of 40 Evaluation Fellows and a cadre of about a dozen outside SMEs.

By the end of lesson one participants will be able to:

  1. Compare the CDC Evaluation framework approach with traditional evaluation.
  2. Identify the 6 steps to the CDC Evaluation framework.
  3. Develop the most relevant evaluation focus for a given evaluation

By the end of lesson two participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least two evaluation design options.
  2. Determine how to select the ideal evaluation design option in various situations.
  3. Identify preferred indicators and data collection sources for evaluation.

By the end of lesson three participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least three influences in determining how to approach data analysis as part of an evaluation.
  2. Identify at least three considerations for evaluation reporting.
  3. Use the CDC Evaluation framework approach to develop the relevant evaluation and performance measurement components of a CDC NOFO

By the end of lesson four, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose and usefulness of logic models in strategy and implementation (not just in evaluation)
  2. Distinguish activities from outcomes and impacts, and state why the distinction is so important
  3. State when and how inputs, outputs and moderators might add – or not – additional value to understanding your program
The contents of this training are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.


  • 7.2 –  Policy Development and Program Planning Skills – Evaluates programs, policies, services, laws, and organizational performance