We approach our work with the following guiding principles:
- Evaluation approaches must often document the incremental, complex,
and often subtle changes that occur over the life of an initiative,
taking an emergent approach, adapting and adjusting to needs as they
evolve through the process.
- The evaluation effort should leave an organization stronger and more
able to use the techniques when outside support ends.
- The primary purpose of community based evaluation is to identify problems
and opportunities in the project’s host communities, and to provide
staff and stakeholders with reliable information from which to address
problems and build on strengths and opportunities.
- Just as people participate in project activities, with capacity building,
people can participate in project evaluation. The best evaluations value
multiple perspectives and involve a representation of people who care
about the project.
- Effective evaluations also prepare organisations to use research and
evaluation as an ongoing function of management and leadership.
- In the context of increased involvement of service users and users
of research, stakeholder and community based evaluation offers an empowering,
distinctive and sustainable way forward.