Evaluation is a systematic process of asking questions, collecting information, and using the information to answer those questions.
Evaluation may have been overwhelming or unproductive in the past, but it doesn’t have to be going forward. Evaluation doesn’t need to be costly, labor intensive, or complicated to generate useful information. It can be simple, straightforward, and inexpensive. Even on the smallest scale, evaluation can:
- Provide information for decision making
- Measure progress and motivate your leadership and staff by documenting your achievements
- Help you to be as effective as possible with limited resources
- Help you to be transparent and credible to your community, your partners, your colleagues, your founders, and yourselves
- Help you to learn, plan, and improve all aspects of your work
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