That’s good right? Evaluability was a new concept for me, so I read the small publication: Evaluability Assessment for Impact Evaluation: Guidance, Checklists and Decision Support, by Greet Peersman, Irene Guijt & Tiina Pasanen. Obviously, you can read it for yourself, but here are some of the things that I was happy to learn.
What is evaluability??? Essentially it is ‘the extent to which an activity or project can be evaluated in a reliable and credible fashion’ (from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – Development Assistance Committee).
Why do we want to assess evaluability?
When would an evaluability assessment take place? It would be most helpful to do an evaluability assessment as a part of your evaluation planning, before the project and data collection activities take place.
How does evaluability assessment affect outcomes-based evaluation?
The authors focus on three basic questions:
I think we do many of these steps when planning our evaluations. But using a checklist to make sure that all of them are included is really helpful- and the authors provide a checklist and decision support tool at the end of the publication. It’s broken down so nicely that I added it to the NEO’s Tools and Resources page (under the Evaluation Planning tab).
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