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This Toolkit aims to provide you with a basic understanding of evaluation, how to embed evaluation into project planning stages, and to identify various methodologies for evaluation data collection, analysis and dissemination. All events and projects are unique, so it is up to you to apply the most appropriate evaluation methods for your project.
To assist you in navigating the different stages of project evaluation, we've broken the process down into seven steps:
Step 1: Introduction to evaluation
Step 2: Planning your evaluation
Evaluation should be part of your project from the start. This section describes how to incorporate evaluation into your project, from the planning stages right through to completion.
Step 3: Types of impact
It is vital to know what you want your project to achieve, and to measure its impact as you proceed and when it is complete. This document gives you tips on how to measure the impact of your project.
Step 4: Types of evaluation
Step 5: Methodologies
Once you know what you need to evaluate, you will need to choose an evaluation design that can best help to achieve this. This section offers some suggestions, and explains the difference between experimental and quasi-experimental designs.