Do you require expert and high quality evaluation to be carried out?
Are you implementing a project financed by the EU and the donor is requiring outside evaluation to be carried out?
Perhaps you need help with evaluating the effectiveness of your program or project?
You’re not sure what and how to measure or what data to collect and how to process it?
What is the purpose of an evaluation?
An evaluation serves as a benchmarking and assessing its impact, influence and effectiveness of a certain activity or a group of activities, projects, programs or other social interventions.
Why is evaluation necessary?
In recent times there has been a greater need and even more requirements by donors (in most cases in the non-government sector) for carrying out outside evaluation, which in itself is very objective, neutral and unbiased. Despite the fact that evaluations have various goals and purposes of evaluation, their motivation is universal and refers to better understanding of one owns work with the goal of its betterment in the future.
How is it performed and how do we obtain results?
The basic principle, which should be adhered to when developing and carrying out an evaluation is to base the evaluation on clear and objective measurement indicators. Indicators are defined and collected in relation to the set goals of the evaluation, i.e. Indicators can consist of evaluation of satisfaction or usefulness for workshop participants, knowledge test after the workshop, number of participants for certain activities, number of performed activities, program certificates received from authorised institutions, etc. Considering the type of indicators or data collected in the evaluation, we can differentiate between quantitative and qualitative methods:
Qualitative: in-depth interviews, focus groups, structured and semi structured interviews, qualitative observation
Quantitative: questionnaire, survey, online survey, postal or e-mail survey, test of knowledge and competence and skills, quantitative observation
Quantitative methods in it carry more objectivity and verifiability, the possibility of clear presentation of results, possibility of comparison with assigned reference points.
Qualitative methods are usually based on free testimonials from evaluation of participants, their impressions, descriptions and experiences. Every evaluation study fully serves its purpose through reporting on performed actions and results. In the report, it is important to concisely and clearly lay out how the evaluation was carried out and most importantly implications based on the focus area. Even in this last part of the presentation, it is important to behave in a participating manner: to report on preliminary results, give advice, and to cooperate closely while on the run with all participants of the evaluation process.
How can you benefit?
It is important to note in the end that every evaluation process requires an individual approach. In most cases it is about studies, which should be adapted to specific project requirements or activities, so that the acquired information should be as accurate and as useful as possible for all evaluation participants. Evaluation is therefore an integral part of all processes within an organisation and all with the aim of optimisation.
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