Evaluation will take time at almost every stage of a project – from identifying appropriate aims at the outset, to collecting data while the project is underway, to analysing data, reporting and disseminating findings and then ensuring that learning is fed back into the next phase at the end. It will help if you appoint an ‘Evaluation Lead’ to take responsibility for the process. The good news is that if you have very little time and resources available, you can shape your evaluation accordingly by focusing your evaluation aims and questions ruthlessly and minimising data collection and analysis. Being realistic about what you can achieve will help you deliver stronger results and make it more likely that you answer the questions that are most important to you.
How much time and resources do I have for evaluation?