CIPP Evaluation Model Checklist
The CIPP Evaluation Model is a comprehensive framework for guiding evaluations of programs, projects, personnel, products, institutions, and systems. This checklist, patterned after the CIPP Model, is focused on program evaluations, particularly those aimed at effecting long-term, sustainable improvements.
Corresponding to the letters in the acronym CIPP, this model’s core parts are context, input, process, and product evaluation. In general, these four parts of an evaluation respectively ask, What needs to be done? How should it be done? Is it being done? Did it succeed?
The concept of evaluation underlying the CIPP Model and this checklist is that evaluations should assess and report an entity’s merit (i.e., its quality), worth (in meeting needs of targeted beneficiaries), probity (its integrity, honesty, and freedom from graft, fraud, and abuse), and significance (its importance beyond the entity’s setting or time frame), and should also present lessons learned. Moreover, CIPP evaluations and applications of this checklist should meet the evaluation field’s standards, including especially the Joint Committee (1994) Program Evaluation Standards of utility, feasibility, propriety, and accuracy; the Government Accountability Office (2007) Government Auditing Standards; and the American Evaluation Association (2004) Guiding Principles for Evaluators. The model’s main theme is that evaluation’s most important purpose is not to prove, but to improve.