Challenges of program evaluation

As you have most likely discovered, there are unique challenges inherent in designing a program evaluation system for an agency.

The program evaluation must fit the needs of an agency, taking into consideration the clientele, programs, and staff available.

If you were to design a research study to answer the same research questions addressed in your program evaluation proposal without the constraints of having to use a particular agency, how would your research design be different?

For example, could you design a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of treatments? Would you be able to randomly assign participants to groups and run a true experiment?