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  1. Describe FAQ


    How do I identify existing data that might be useful?

    There are many sources of existing data that may be useful to you in your evaluation. Consider the following sources of information:

  2. Understand Causes FAQ


    How do I know if the program caused the results I can see?

    Most evaluations need to investigate what is causing the outcomes and impacts of an intervention (some process evaluations assume that certain activities are contributing to intended outcomes without investigating these).

  3. Synthesize and Value


    What are options for synthesising and valuing data in a single evaluation?

    Options for synthesizing and valuing data help you in your evaluative reasoning and judgement. It is important to make transparent your evaluative criteria. Developing a clear process and methodology for this evaluation component, Synthesis and Valuing, helps you develop defensible and evaluation conclusions. Agree on evaluation values with stakeholders early in the evaluation process.

  4. Photographic Reporting

    Evaluation Option

    Adding photographs to an evaluation report can make it more appealing to readers and also make the key messages more memorable.

  5. Reporting in Pictures

    Evaluation Option

    “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Pictures or images provide another way of presenting information, and increasing understanding of your results. Graphics tools such as a pie chart, or drawings and photographs can help visualize different kinds of data, and strengthen a report’s narrative by illustrating the project activities or context. Images can also bridge differences in language, context and culture.

  6. Powerpoint

    Slide Show, Slides
    Evaluation Option

    Structuring presentations with a series of powerpoint slides is now the most common way of presenting information to groups. 

  7. Peak Experience Description

    Evaluation Option
    Grand tetons peaks in the morning by Jon Sullivan

    This option provides a succinct and coherent description of a program, project or policy when it is operating at its best.  This can then be used to develop a logic model (program theory) and to develop an evaluation plan to investigate how often it operates like this and how this can happen more often.

  8. Photography Credits


    Photography profiled on is credited to:

    Bread for the World on Flickr (
    NASA on Flickr (
    Wikimedia Commons (
    Book cover images can be found at (

  9. Manage data


    Good data management includes developing effective processes for consistently collecting and recording data, storing data securely, backing up data, cleaning data, and modifying data so it can be transferred between different types of software for analysis.

  10. Recommendations Tracking

    Tracking Recommendations, Track Recommendations
    Evaluation Option

    Tracking recommendations involves keeping a transparent record of the responses to and action from recommendations. Those given responsibility for responding to and taking action for each recommendation should also be identified to ensure follow up is easily tracked.