The Second Edition of Building Evaluation Capacity provides 89 highly structured activities which require minimal instructor preparation and encourage application-based learning of how to design and conduct evaluation studies. Ideal for use in program evaluation courses, professional development workshops, and organization stakeholder trainings, the activities cover the entire process of evaluation, including: understanding what evaluation is; the politics and ethics; the influence of culture; various models, approaches and designs; data collection and analysis methods; communicating and reporting progress and findings; and building and sustaining support. Each activity includes an overview, instructional objectives, minimum and maximum number of participants, range of time required, materials needed, primary instructional method, and procedures for facilitators to help learners in the most common evaluation practices.

Managing the Evaluation

Managing the Evaluation


This section includes activities that address

  • Developing evaluation management plans
  • Creating evaluation budgets
  • Addressing challenges evaluators may face in implementing an evaluation

The following information is provided as a brief introduction to the topics covered in these activities.

Managing an evaluation project involves balancing three critical aspects of the project: time, costs, and desired outcome or result or scope (including the tasks and level of effort put into the project). A well-designed management plan can help the evaluator accomplish the following:

  • Monitor the tasks and personnel
  • Stay on schedule or negotiate schedule changes
  • Monitor the costs or negotiate budget changes
  • Keep the client and stakeholders informed of the evaluation’s progress and any potential problems

Developing an Evaluation Budget

Most evaluations involve costs associated with the following items:

  • Personnel/professional staff
  • Materials, supplies, and ...
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