The process of evaluation

This is one that I haven’t used yet, but I’m convinced that it will be an invaluable process to follow when I’m eventually required to carry out an evaluation.

The B628 course book goes into a lot of detail about evaluations, describing how they are an iterative four-staged process.

In brief, the stages are as follows:

  1. Asking questions
  2. Answering questions
  3. Drawing conclusions
  4. Making necessary changes

In practice, the stages are not always clearly distinguished, and evaluations are rarely as neat as the above list suggests, but when considered as an iterative process – i.e. one where each of the stages can feed back into preceding stages – it becomes a little more realistic.

The section on evaluation in Chapter 4 goes into a lot of detail about different types of evaluation and specific quesions that might be asked. There is also a comprehensive guide to designing a formal evaluation – well worth referring to when the time comes!

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