The local 21st CCLC External Evaluation plan includes consistent evaluation methods, data collection, and reporting for all 21st CCLC grantees. As part of the process, each grantee selects a certified external evaluator to complete the Guided Reflection process. Grantees contract directly with certified external evaluators.
MASN provides the training and certification for 21st CCLC external evaluators so that they are familiar with the consistent goals and objectives, data collection protocols, and analysis and reporting provided to all grantees. The role of the certified external evaluators is to meet with the program director to discuss the local context in that community and to help the program director interpret the data as they looked for trends across sites. The certified local/external evaluator documents the unique strengths and challenges of the grantee, highlighting the impact of the local context, in a Guided Reflection summary document.
In order to become a certified external evaluator for the 2019-20 grant cycle, new evaluator candidates must attend a required training session and submit an application and supporting documentation (if not previously submitted). Returning evaluators who were certified for the 2018-19 program year may attend an online “refresher” training to become certified for the 2019-20 program year.