This presentation and paper from the Bruner Foundation guides the reader through the evaluation process and provides a step by step process for commissioning an evaluation.
The resource clarifies the differences between research and evaluation; what evaluations should cost; and further things that need to be considered before implementation.
- What’s the difference between evaluation and research?
- What should evaluation cost?
- What should you ask external evaluators?
- What do you need to know to properly design an evaluation for this program/initiative?
- What evaluation questions would guide your effort?
- What strategies would you use to address the evaluation questions?
- How will you handle common challenges?
- What timeline is expected for the evaluation project?
- Who will conduct the work and what other relevant experiences do they have?
- How and when will the findings from the evaluation work be communicated
- How will evaluation resources be used including professional time, travel, other direct, and indirect costs
- What should grantmakers do before commissioning an evaluation?
- Talk to a few trusted grantmaker colleagues
- Think about how you will identify evaluators
- Determine the best strategy and requirements for proposal
- Determine the timeline for finding evaluators
- Determine the format for response
- Determine who will be involved in making the selection and how
- What should grantmakers ask grantees before commissioning an evaluation?
- Contributions to mission or broader field
- Implementation and feasibility
- Project design/staging
- Outcomes and evaluation
- What should grantmakers avoid when working on evaluation projects?
- How do you stay informed about evaluation status?
Baker, A., & Bruner, B. Bruner Foundation, (n.d.). Supporting good evaluation. Retrieved from website: http://www.evaluativethinking.org/docs/SUPPORTING_GOOD_EVALUATION.BRUNERFDN.pdf
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