Gather Information, Plan, and Conceptualize the Evaluation

This chapter focuses on developing a deep understanding of the initiative’s purpose and design as well as the perspectives of key stakeholders. The ideal time to plan an evaluation is when the development initiative is being designed. Asking evaluation questions can help stakeholders understand the desired impact of the development initiative in concrete terms. That information can be used to design the initiative in a way that will likely promote the desired results. However, it is not always possible to plan an evaluation during the design of the initiative. Often those funding or conducting leadership development don’t realize the need for an evaluation until after the ...

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