11 hints for a successful evaluation

March 30, 2009 at 6:58 pm 2 comments

What makes a successful evaluation? I don’t mean a *success* in terms of producing *pleasing* results  – but more so an evaluation that is successfully managed, respects all stakeholders and is of practical use to end users…I’ve been giving it some thought and I’ve come up with 11 hints for a successful evaluation, summarised in below and available with explanatory texts as a fact sheet (pdf):

  1. Make clear the unclear from the start
  2. Learn about what you are evaluating from the start
  3. Invest in planning
  4. Verify verify verify
  5. Communicate communicate communicate
  6. Collect only information you need
  7. Expect the unexpected
  8. Report your findings in a brief illustrative way
  9. Don’t hide the limits of your evaluation
  10. Don’t be disappointed if nothing happens immediately with your findings
  11. Give something back for all that you are taking

View the fact sheet with explanatory texts (pdf)>>

Do you have any other hints to add?

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. I Moammed  |  June 9, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    there is still an area of disagreement: If one has to quantify some attittudinal responses base on the five point scale(SA A U D SA should it be valued as 2, 1, 0, -1,,2 or 2, 1, 0 1, 2

    • 2. Glenn  |  June 15, 2009 at 8:22 pm

      Normally, there is general agreement that the five point scale is labelled with the lowest number being the least postive, e.g.:
      1 Strongly disagree
      2 Disagree
      3 Neither agree nor disagree
      4 Agree
      5 Strongly agree



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