Evaluating outcomes is important to the learning cycle.
- 1-2 Hours
- Design Team
Evaluation has many stakeholders, including constituents, community leaders, government officers, funders, and others. When developing a plan to evaluate outcomes and impact, engage as many of these stakeholders as possible. Work to define what success looks like from these multiple perspectives.
Have the team discuss various measurement methods. Refer to methods you have already tried and brainstorm new methods that might be necessary to achieve your specific goals. Decide which of these are appropriate for the challenge and which speak to the interests and goals of the different stakeholders.
Develop a plan that includes a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods that will help the team keep learning about how to improve upon solutions and how to deliver those solutions more effectively.
- Outcome evaluation should not be a hurdle to the implementers, grantees, or design team. By viewing this phase as a continuation of design and opportunity for learning, outcome measurement can be a rewarding experience for everyone.
- The measurement process is iterative – return to stories and feedback based on learnings from quantitative measurements, and use stories and feedback to discover which variables to include in quantitative studies.