Through the program evaluation process, Legislative Service Office program evaluation staff systematically analyze selected state government programs. This process culminates in written evaluation reports about the effectiveness and efficiency of programs authorized by the Legislature.
Evaluation reports contain timely and useful analytical material of a sort that is not provided by other sources. The reports contain concentrated information about a selected program or issue: historical background, budget information, an assessment of problem areas, analysis of policy issues, and, finally, recommendations for change.
Since complex governmental issues continue to cycle through the governmental process, program evaluation reports are often useful immediately, as well as in the long term. Evaluations do not always find a single “right” answer to complex questions and frequently offer a set of options for consideration by decision makers.
Goal of Program Evaluation
History of Program
The audit function was originally geared to conducting financial audits of executive branch agencies. In subsequent years, it evolved into “sunset auditing,” which determined if a program should be continued, terminated, or modified.
In 1988, the function changed to its current focus, program evaluation, which involves evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and analyzing related policy issues.