11 hints for a successful evaluation
What makes a successful evaluation? I don’t mean a *success* in terms of producing *pleasing* results – but more so an evaluation that is successfully managed, respects all stakeholders and is of practical use to end users…I’ve been giving it some thought and I’ve come up with 11 hints for a successful evaluation, summarised in below and available with explanatory texts as a fact sheet (pdf):
- Make clear the unclear from the start
- Learn about what you are evaluating from the start
- Invest in planning
- Verify verify verify
- Communicate communicate communicate
- Collect only information you need
- Expect the unexpected
- Report your findings in a brief illustrative way
- Don’t hide the limits of your evaluation
- Don’t be disappointed if nothing happens immediately with your findings
- Give something back for all that you are taking
Do you have any other hints to add?
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