Once the Management
Audit Committee assigns a topic to LSO program evaluation staff,
evaluators independently conduct the research, analysis, and report writing. The
evaluation process is organized into five phases:
This initial research phase helps familiarize evaluators with the report topic through
collecting and reviewing information from document review and interviews. During
this phase, evaluators also identify major themes to be evaluated during fieldwork.
After completing the survey phase, staff develop a written work plan that further
defines evaluation objectives and scope and organizes the remainder of the project
During the third phase of research, staff conduct the fieldwork steps indicated
by the work plan. These steps may include file and data reviews, in-depth interviews,
survey questionnaires, and other methods of gathering sufficient, competent, and
relevant evidence. This evidence provides the basis for report findings.
Data Analysis Phase
During the fourth phase, staff quantify and analyze information gathered during
Report Writing Phase
During the final phase of the process, staff define and develop findings, conclusions
and recommendations, draft the report, obtain internal review of the contents, and
revise and finalize the draft report.
Independence and Objectivity