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.

Building and Sustaining Support for Evaluation

Building and Sustaining Support for Evaluation


This section includes activities that address

  • Recognizing and sharing evaluation successes
  • Overcoming resistance to evaluation
  • Building a supportive evaluation environment
  • Critiquing an evaluation’s effectiveness (metaevaluation)

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

For organizations to benefit from evaluation, it is important that members not only understand what evaluation is and what it can offer but also that they have an ongoing commitment to conducting evaluations and using the findings for decision making and action. The following strategies may help build a supportive evaluation environment:

  • Stress the organizational benefits from evaluation
  • Tie evaluation to the organization’s mission
  • Involve stakeholders throughout the evaluation process
  • Discuss and share evaluation successes throughout the organization
  • Emphasize the use of findings
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