Evaluation is valuable, not just for working out if your project had an impact but for improving the overall quality of your intervention design. I have a blog up on BetterEvaluation about building evaluative thinking into your project from the get-go.

It’s based on a presentation I gave with Caroline Tomiczek (from Urbis) at the Australasian Evaluation Society conference last year and outlines five key questions to ask yourself when designing any program:

  1. What is the intervention?
  2. What would success look like?
  3. Are you collecting data on what you want to achieve?
  4. Are your expectations realistic?
  5. What’s your evaluation capability?