Is it this?
• Analysing data and
• Reporting findings
Or is it this?
Analysing and reporting
Learn from your findings
People who find evaluation
Usually think it starts at the end…
They leave it too late before asking
‘What are we
really trying to
Evaluation starts with
having a clear plan
What you will do
The difference it will
Only then can you find out:
Did you do what you said you would do?
(Some people call this ‘monitoring’)
Did you make the difference you thought
you would make?
(Some people call this evaluation)
We could use
It can’t be that
If you want to talk to some funders, managers and evaluators it
helps to know the difference between
• Inputs are the resources you put in to do
the work: money, people, time, premises,
• OutPUTs are the activities or services you
put on for your users.
• OutCOMEs are the changes and
differences that come out of your
The science bit (concentrate)
Everyone is talking about ‘outcomes’.
On the previous slide is the clearest and
most sensible definition you’ll find.
Did you spot it?
Spot the difference
• If you’re not sure if you’re looking at an
‘output’ or an ‘outcome’, ask…
Lots of people still confuse outputs (what you
do) and outcomes (the difference you make).
Getting started with evaluation
means working out what you
need to ask questions about.
Knowing how many courses you ran (output) doesn’t help you
learn about what difference they made (outcome).
If you are clear on what to evaluate, you can
avoid the common pitfalls of
• Asking the wrong questions
• Collecting the wrong evidence
• Wasting precious time and money
For more information…
• See the Resources section of our website
• Find out more about out workshops
(people really do enjoy them!)
Evaluation Support Scotland
5 Rose Street, Edinburgh
0131 243 2770