Any evaluation that is done without the end in sight is very difficult to follow through, and is more likely to become more work than you would have initially anticipated.
It is therefore important that you are sure you know what information you would like to receive as this will help guide the evaluation process. Once you know what information you are looking for, it starts to become clear what questions you would like to ask, and from there you can begin to figure out the method of asking those questions.
Having established (and formulated) those questions, you can then look at the relevant markers that show you your questions are being answered which will help you to package the information collected. Collecting information for collections’ sake can be exhausting – try working backwards (what are you looking for?) then work on figuring out the question and the markers that show you how your questions are being answered. It’s full circle – and it doesn’t have to be a daunting task:
Ask yourself some of these questions to help you frame the journey that is your evaluation:
Author: Ruvimbo Gwatirisa – ATS Programme Officer – Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement