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:
- What is the intervention?
- What would success look like?
- Are you collecting data on what you want to achieve?
- Are your expectations realistic?
- What’s your evaluation capability?