Evaluation is a “systematic investigation of the worth or merit of an object.” NSF evaluation handbook
Why should you evaluate your project or program?
- Monitor quality
- Gather evidence on impact
- Document results and findings
- Provide publishable data
The evaluation process has many components, not all are relevant for each project.
Defining project goals and objectives
It is critical for the success of a project to articulate and carefully craft the goals and objectives for each project, align the goals with the activities and identify ways to measure the outcomes.
Goals should be SMART: