Evaluation of a program refers to a periodic process of gathering data and then analysing it in such a way that the resulting information can be used to determine whether the planned activities of the program have been effectively carried out or not, the extent to which the stated objectives of the program have been achieved and, in case of any shortfall or shortcoming, what additional or corrective measures are required to be taken up to achieve the desired goals. Evaluation of the programs of an organization is a process of periodic assessment/appraisal and adaptation/course-correction of the program-related activities to ensure that they are as effective as they can be. An impartial evaluation brings out the true status of all the activities of an organization as they are, including the best and the worst. Karnataka Forest Department (KFD) has been conducting evaluation of various forestry works since the 1980s. Initially, the evaluations were primarily internal evaluations, although a number of evaluations of specific programs/projects were conducted through external agencies as well. As per the Karnataka Evaluation Policy of 2011, all plan and non-plan programs/schemes of a department have to be evaluated on five-year cycles. Both internal and external evaluations need to be taken up by the line departments. In pursuance of the above policy, Karnataka Forest Department has been carrying out both external and internal evaluation of all forestry works carried out by various field units. The entire process of evaluation is carried out as per the guidelines of the Karnataka Evaluation Authority (KEA), Government of Karnataka.