Stage 6. Defining the evaluation plan
What has to be done?
To establish the plan for intervention evaluation its objectives and actions must have already been defined, as the evaluation is usually developed to confirm that the intervention has been implemented as planned and has achieved its objectives. If you have planned your intervention following the logical sequence proposed by One Step@a Time, the stages corresponding to definition of the objectives and the action plan will have already been completed, so you are in a position to analyse and establish how the intervention will be assessed.
When considering the evaluation, you may ask yourself if you have the necessary financial and technical resources to carry it out. Evaluations certainly have some requirements, but it is also true that they sufficient resources are nearly always available to make some kind of viable evaluation. The information in this stage will help you determine what type of evaluation you might find most useful.
Before analysing which evaluation is most appropriate for your intervention, take some time to reflect on the following question: why evaluate, when many interventions are not evaluated and political decisions to implement them are not based on the results of any evaluation? Reflecting on this question may lead you to think that investing efforts in evaluation involves opting for a task that has not received much credit in the past. Fortunately, this perspective has recently changed in the professional sector, and it is also changing in the political sphere. It is now considered malpractice to start an intervention without having previously defined how it will be evaluated. Therefore, returning to the invitation to reflect, extended at the beginning of this paragraph, reasons for evaluation include:
At the end of this stage, you will:
If this stage is not completed correctly, there is a danger of: