Evaluations assess program effectiveness – at all stages of a project cycle.

Evaluation serves many purposes–from engaging stakeholders to gain a wider perspective on a project’s performance, to identifying, verifying and sharing knowledge about project activities, outputs, outcomes and impacts. Evaluation helps to understand what is working (or not) and why, and is a key component of any social or environmental change process.

Evaluation can be undertaken in many ways, from facilitated self-assessments to formal third party/independent project audits. And can be undertaken using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods A key goal of most evaluations is to enable adaptive management–effective impact projects need feedback mechanisms to adjust strategies, priorities and resource allocation to meet changing needs and operate efficiently.

How We Help:

NII is a member of the American Evaluation Association and provides comprehensive assistance in all areas of evaluation practice including:

  • Framing the scope and approach of an evaluation – we help organizations develop evaluation specifications and can assist with evaluation supervision/coordination
  • Cost-effective and ethical evaluation design, including indicator selection, causal attribution, sampling frameworks, community engagement protocols, etc.
  • Data compilation, analysis and synthesis, visualization and dissemination
  • Conducting and managing evaluations – from mid-term to ex poste evaluations
  • Single, double and triple-loop learning
  • Project team mentoring and coaching in evaluation design, post evaluation implementation and adaptive management
  • Communication of evaluation results via both informal and formal approaches

Triple-Loop Learning is an Adaptive Management Strategy that helps to guide decision-making when working in complex systems: