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Table 5.  Sample evaluation questions
Development and
  • How long did the project take?
  • To what extent does the LDS match the original vision and design?
  • To what extent has the implementation team included broad input into the system design?
  • To what extent has the system been made available to a wide variety of stakeholders?
  • To what extent has the system been "marketed" to those stakeholder groups?
Cost and cost
  • What resources were used?
  • What savings in time and money were realized?
  • How have operations been made more efficient?
  • To what extent has the system helped improve academic performance?
  • To what extent has the system helped close achievement gaps?
  • How has the system been used to target and enhance professional development?
  • How has the system enhanced administrator decisionmaking?
  • In what ways and to what extent has the system saved the enterprise money?
Awareness and
  • How aware are stakeholders of the system?
  • How well do stakeholders understand the system?
  • What level of stakeholder engagement has been achieved?
  • How widespread is the use of the system?
  • Which system components are used and how are they applied?
  • How widespread was training participation?
  • How well has the system met reporting and decisionmaking needs?
  • How helpful are the reporting and analysis tools?
  • Has the system made data adequately available and accessible?
  • Are users getting the data they need?
  • How effective has professional development been?
  • What professional development initiatives have been created to improve LDS use?
Lessons learned
  • What are the barriers to effective use of the system?
  • What improvements can be made to the system?
  • How can professional development efforts be improved?
Sources: IES 2007, Juillerat and James 2006, and Simon 2006.