Evaluation as Management Support: The Role of the Evaluator

This article provides an overview of an internal evaluation model in a children's mental health center as well as practical examples of evaluation activities. The overview includes a rationale for the positioning of evaluation within the organization's structure; the primary approaches to evaluation; and the application of three major approaches to evaluation and their operational implications. In summary, internal evaluation is seen to be an integral management support function directed at the planning, development, and assessment of program operations and outcomes.