Should evaluators track evaluation impacts?

Evaluators are skilled at identifying and measuring the outcomes of  initiatives they are hired to evaluate. Measuring outcomes helps clients and stakeholders to assess whether initiatives are achieving intended goals and impacts or whether changes are needed. But, do evaluators track and examine the impact of their own evaluation work?

I think many evaluators do this informally. Perhaps they take extra steps to help  clients use  evaluation findings to inform decision making. Perhaps they informally check back with clients to learn how the use of evaluation findings has impacted the organization. However, I suspect this extra step is rarely done in a systematic fashion.

Imagine the boost to the field of evaluation that could be realized if tracking evaluation impact became a standard feature of evaluation services.

Still confused by the term ‘evaluation impact’? Play the YouTube clip below for an explanation.

Meanwhile, send us your Comments:

  • What do you think about tracking evaluation impacts or evaluation influence?
  • What is your experience with tracking evaluation impacts?


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3 responses to “Should evaluators track evaluation impacts?

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  2. Very cool description of muli-level impact. I’ve always asked if the reports are intended to make a difference, gather dust on a bookshelf, or extend a C.V.

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