Evaluation is the engine that drives improvement and innovation. Internal evaluation is undertaken to assess what is and is not working, and for whom, and then to determine what changes are needed, particularly to advance equity and excellence goals. Internal evaluation involves asking good questions, gathering fit-for-purpose data and information, and then making sense of that information. Much more than a technical process, evaluation is deeply influenced by your values and those of your community. Effective internal evaluation is always driven by the motivation to improve.
When internal evaluation is done well, processes are coherent and align with your vision and strategic goals. You work collaboratively to ensure that the efforts that go into evaluation lead to improvement. The urgency to improve is shared, and can be articulated, by all.
Evidence from research shows that there are organisational conditions that support development of the capacity to do and use evaluation for improvement and innovation.
> evaluation leadership
> a learning-oriented community of professionals that demonstrates agency in using evaluation for improvement in practice and outcomes
> opportunity to develop technical evaluation expertise (including access to external expertise)
> access to, and use of, appropriate tools and methods
> systems, processes and resources that support purposeful data gathering, knowledge building and decision making.