Organizations, governments, schools and businesses invest considerable time and resources into evaluation. The benefits of this investment have generally been assumed but seldom measured. Evaluators would say that an evaluation is worthwhile provided it is well-designed and the findings are used. Thus, much attention and effort has been focused on enhancing evaluation use. More recently, the capacity-building benefits of participating in evaluation activities are recognized and promoted.
But, apart from the (nonetheless important) markers of usage and capacity-building, scant attention is paid to examining the actual outcomes and impacts of an evaluation. As a result, little is known about what makes an evaluation valuable.
Are you aware of a worthwhile evaluation?
- What were some of the benefits or impacts that resulted from the evaluation?
- What do you think were some of the factors that contributed to the valuable outcomes of the evaluation
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