Evaluation

Evaluation is about finding out what works and what doesn’t work and how to measure the difference you are making by using indicators. Funders often ask for this information. Find out about organisations which can support you to evaluate.

What is evaluation?

Evaluation is about demonstrating the difference you are making and learning about what works and what does not work. Through evaluation you can learn more about your work and it can help inform what you do in future.

Evaluation involves asking questions of yourselves and your stakeholders, analysing the information and then reporting the findings. This evidence can then inform your future activities.

Why is evaluation important?

Evaluation is important as it helps us learn about what does and does not work and helps ensure that we use resources efficiently and effectively.

Evaluation is also about being accountable as well as about learning from our activities.

Who does evaluation?

Everyone should evaluate their activities.

Firstly, we must be accountable for our work. We must be able to demonstrate the difference that is made through our activities and show how we achieve this.

Secondly, we must continue to learn from our activities so that we can constantly develop practice that is effective. It is important to share learning as much as possible so that others can learn from our activities. In turn, it is important to consider how other people are evaluating their activities and the learning that could be gained from this.

Where to go for more information

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