The essence of evaluations

tipsJust when you thought all the hard work on your public legal education and information (PLE) project was done – now it’s time to evaluate your work. It can be easy to see evaluation as only a bureaucratic chore – perhaps because funders often base funding decisions on program outcomes.

However, evaluation is not just important for its role in getting money to do more projects. A meaningful evaluation program is an invaluable tool to increase the effectiveness of your future work.

CLEO’s Connecting Communities recently created this tip sheet on evaluation.  Here are a few of the tips that agencies shared with Connecting Communities:

  • Make sure that your project ends with a bang, not a whimper. Build a mechanism for sharing evaluation findings into your overall work plan from the beginning.
  • Look at any needs assessments that you conducted related to the project – a needs assessment can be very useful in contributing to an evaluation.
  • When designing your evaluation, think about what you need as well as what your funder wants. Use the evaluation process to look at the training’s impact on individuals and community as well as the numbers.

For more information about making the most out of evaluations, check out our Needs Assessments and Evaluations resources page.

What ideas have worked for you in conducting evaluations?

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