Evaluation is one of the necessary components of successful SRTS programs. Good data that is generated from a variety of evaluation tools allows project managers, funders and communities to see the results of the project. In Oregon, to apply for federal funding, we require each school to write an Action Plan. The Plan initiates evaluation and community involvement activities that prepare the school to identify and prioritize problems and activities. The process is also an extremely valuable tool to apply to other funding sources.
Whether it be survey results or success stories, data can also be a very powerful tool for the promotion of your program locally, statewide and nationally. Having easy access to the data you generated will be valuable when you invite media or others to support your event and program.