Thursday, 14 June 2018

Directors Blog: Why starting evaluation at the beginning of a project can be an advantage...

Because of the nature of the term evaluation, people often think this comes in at the end of projects. Many projects do work that way, and The Evaluator is happy to work this way if required, though getting an evaluator in at the beginning can be a huge advantage to your project.

Why is that?

One: Less work for you...

Using an evaluator at the beginning can save you a lot of work - as an evaluation company,  The Evaluator would write all the materials for you so you simply have to hand them over, or email them to your clients. This stops you worrying whether you are collecting the right material and saves you time as you don't have to go back and fill in the gaps.

Two: Can often show more impact...

Usually participants experience change through voluntary and not for profit projects, whether those are changes in circumstances, understanding, health, or emotions. Whatever your project is trying to achieve, measuring impact at the beginning helps to show the true amount of change.

Three: You can have answers halfway through a project...

You might be part of a wider project or a subcontractor to a larger team, and sometimes some of those teams do not manage to get started or don't deliver the numbers they thought they would. If your project can demonstrate impact earlier than everyone else, your project stands out and can become an attractive proposition for further investment.

Four: You can adapt your project to be more successful...

Often projects have outcomes that are unexpected and wonderful! Or a challenge. If you know early on what activity is really working and what leaves a little to be desired, you can change your activity and end up with a much more successful project.

The Evaluator is more than happy to discuss these ideas in person or by phone. If you think you might need some help with evaluation, please do contact us on 07837 896 698 or email me at kirsty@theevaluator.co.uk