5 Top Tips

For Your evaluation


5 Top Tips for your Project Evaluation – by Naomi Rogers

Posted: 16/06/2021, by:

This week we welcome our up and coming Change Specialist (and soprano!) Naomi Rogers! If you feel like evaluations are something too complex, unattainable, or simply terrifying, here are her top five tips to face your evaluation with a winning smile on your face:

  • 1. Think less about abstract goals and more about intangible particulars

When working out the outcomes, all that goes round my brain is Tricolor MD Sarah’s voice whispering “think intangible think intangible…”

  • 2. Divide your outcomes by their terms:

Short term: Awareness, Learning, Knowledge, Skills, Motivations

Medium term: Actions, Behaviour, Practice, Decisions, Policies

Long term: Contributions at an economic, social or environmental level.

  • 3. “One simple formula can crack the economy”

A fab way to measure how a project has impacted the economy is to conduct an Economic Impact Assessment (EIA)…  And it’s not as scary as you think! ARE YOU READY?

Round 1: the value of each contract is recorded from suppliers to find the initial income.

Round 2: the spend of the organisation is recorded by contractor’s spend on their own employment, resources, community and training.

Round 3: the spending of sub-contractors is identified including their employment, resources, community and training.THE SECRET FORMULA IS…: Round 1 + Round 3 + Round 3 (divided by) Round 1.

  • 4. The Theory of Change Funeral

The Change Curve provides a simple, broad framework to navigate stages of change. The original change curve model by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross studied how people responded to the prospect of death as an extreme example of change. In her initial work, “On Death and Dying”, she focused on the five stages of grief that people go through as they approach death.
You need to recognise that change might affect some of your stakeholders negatively in a very real way that you might not have foreseen.

  • 5. “It’s a topsy turvy world. Why not work backwards…

Backwards mapping – from your project impact to make you think about the changes and steps that need to happen in order to get there and achieve it. In other words, things that need to change before your long-term impact can happen. You may be able to identify these by thinking about the causes of the main issue you are trying to address with your work.

We hope that these 5 tips help you tackle your evaluation! If you need to call on the cavalry, you know where to reach us.


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