Cartoons

Cartoons can be a helpful addition to formal reports. They can allow readers to see a point differently, add humour, and break up large sections of prose.

Some evaluators work closely with cartoonists and commission specific illustrations. Other evaluators use stock images that are available on the web. You can also create your own cartoons using a range of readily available software. Consider how you want to include the right images for your report.

Cartoon images can be used by evaluators to an understanding of program impact, scenes of program implementation, main findings or issues. Advantages of using cartoons are communicating with low-level readers, bridging language barriers, and stimulating dialogue and reflection among stakeholders about the findings illustrated.

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Advice

Advice for CHOOSING this option (tips and traps)

  • Provide advice to the evaluators on the organizational context and receptivity of your institution to cartoons. 

Advice for USING this option (tips and traps)

  • Some audiences may not value cartoons. Ensure that your audience sees this form of communication as credible prior to developing cartoons lest this detracts from the evaluation report and findings. Test the cultural appropriateness of cartoons with your audience.
  • Consider keeping a file of images for use in other contexts. 

Resources

Tools

  • Toonlet: This web-based application makes it possible to draw cartoons, by creating characters and then placing them into the panels of a cartoon with appropriate text.
  • Evaluation cartoons and comicsThis website provides a range of 'stock' cartoons on the evaluation theme.

Sources

Torres, R., Preskill, H., & Piontek, M. E. (2005).Evaluation strategies for communicating and reporting, enhancing learning in organizations. (Second ed.). Sage. Retrieved from http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book225545

Updated: 13th March 2015 - 12:08am
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Researcher and Evaluator, Assai Consult.

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