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We're ready to meet you wherever you are on your evaluation journey.


The Evaluation Center’s mission is to advance the theory, practice, and use of evaluation. Staffed by a team of interdisciplinary evaluation specialists, the center conducts program evaluations for diverse clients, serves students and local organizations through community-engaged learning, and offers an array of open-access resources on program evaluation.

What's new?

Check out what's new at The Evaluation Center. 

  • Valeo, a suite of self-paced courses on program evaluation, powered by The Evaluation Center has just launched! Check out their press release
  • Introducing our free evaluation glossary app! Access authoritative definitions of evaluation terms instantly. 
  • The Evaluation Center's executive director, Lori Wingate, has been honored with a statewide evaluation award! 
  • WMU News and W Magazine featured The Evaluation Center as we celebrate 50 years of impact with more than $7 million in new grants. 
  • Our new video gives you a chance to explore our purpose and goals, who we serve, and what it's like to work with us. 
  • The Evaluation Lab welcomes the first cohort of student evaluators
  • Evaluation Checklists

    The Evaluation Checklist Project offers more than 30 checklists on diverse topics to guide evaluation practice.

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  • Evaluation Café

    A longstanding, twice monthly speaker series featuring thought leaders in evaluation. Eval Café encourages discussion and helps build community within the field.

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  • EvaluATE

    Located at The Evaluation Center, EvaluATE is funded by NSF to provide training on conducting, managing and using evaluation. All resources are open-access.

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  • Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation

    The center is home to JMDE, an open-access, peer-reviewed publication contributing to the field of evaluation through scholarly dissemination.

    View the Journal

Evaluation Lab: Experience-driven learning plus community impact.

The Evaluation Lab serves the Kalamazoo community while training WMU undergraduate and graduate students in program evaluation. The lab seeks to advance the social justice missions of organizations serving diverse communities by offering affordable, collaborative, and culturally responsive evaluation services.

Working with us

Evaluation professionals at The Evaluation Center are trained to apply evaluation theory, methods, and proven practices to meet any evaluation challenge. We pride ourselves on our ability to work across a wide range of disciplines and topic areas.

We’re ready to meet you wherever you are on your evaluation journey, whether you are submitting a funding proposal, need an outcome evaluation for a long-standing program, or building your organization’s evaluation capacity. Complete the form below to get started.

  • We offer training and resources for professionals in the evaluation field. The center specializes in program evaluation, policy analysis, and survey research.

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    Our team is comprised of experienced researchers and evaluators who are versed in using a variety of methods to provide insight.

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