No Impacts?: How to Enhance What You Learn from Your Evaluation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau
This brief provides suggestions for grantees and evaluators who have completed an impact evaluation but did not find favorable, statistically significant impacts of their program. It provides suggestions for exploratory analyses that could help you understand why you didn’t find impacts and how to acknowledge the results of those exploratory analyses in any reporting. The brief also provides suggestions for disseminating your findings and additional supplemental analyses that help you learn as much as you can from the data you’ve collected. The brief is directed primarily toward evaluators of adolescent pregnancy prevention programs, but the concepts presented should be applicable to a variety of social programs.