As more stakeholders demand documentation of program effectiveness, program evaluation is becoming increasingly important. In addition, many funding agencies require evaluation plans which list goals and objectives in a quantifiable form. This paper identifies and discusses four evaluation keys that are crucial to the success of community programs. These evaluations keys include communication and collaboration, training, targeting the population, and reporting. Specific examples from three separate community programs will be provided. Additional examples from recent research in the field and applications across disciplines will also be discussed.