Monitoring and Evaluation Checklist for K-12 Schools

Purpose

As K-12 schools reopen for in-person instruction, it is important to have systems in place for the monitoring and evaluation of COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Monitoring and evaluation provide practical information for making timely decisions, addressing community needs, and identifying best practices to promote the health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff.

Intended Audience(s)

State and local education and public health agencies, school and district administrators, and evaluation professionals, in collaboration, may use this checklist when planning for monitoring and evaluation of COVID-19 mitigation strategies implemented in K-12 schools.

The checklist contains fundamental information to support development of a useful and feasible monitoring and evaluation plan.

This checklist is not an exhaustive list, but rather includes key considerations that address how to:

  • Determine the scope of a monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Develop an evaluation design for the monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Identify key indicators and data sources
  • Determine how findings may be shared for timely decision-making and transparency

How to use this checklist

This checklist is intended to help the user adapt monitoring and evaluation approaches for local situations and the mitigation strategies that may be implemented in K-12 schools in each community. This checklist may be helpful in navigating available tools and resources, and in developing a high-quality, useful, and feasible monitoring and evaluation plan:

1. Determine the scope of your monitoring and evaluation plan

2. Develop an evaluation design for your monitoring and evaluation plan

3. Identify key indicators and data sources

4.  Determine how findings may be shared for timely decision making and transparency

Please refer to CDC Evaluation Resources for a list of resources organized by topics.

Last Updated Sept. 18, 2020