Internal evaluation requires those involved to engage in deliberate, systematic processes and reasoning, with improved outcomes for all learners as the ultimate aim. Those involved collaborate to:
> investigate and scrutinise practice
> analyse data and use it to identify priorities for improvement
> monitor implementation of improvement actions and evaluate their impact
> generate timely information about progress towards goals and the impact of actions taken.
Figure 2 identifies five interconnected, learner-focused processes that are integral to effective evaluation for improvement.
FIGURE 2. LEARNER-FOCUSED EVALUATION PROCESSES AND REASONING
Figures 3 to 7 unpack each of these processes in terms of the conditions that support their effectiveness, the reasoning involved, and the activities or actions involved.
FIGURE 3. NOTICING
FIGURE 4. INVESTIGATING
FIGURE 5. COLLABORATIVE SENSE MAKING
FIGURE 6. PRIORITISING TO TAKE ACTION
FIGURE 7. MONITORING AND EVALUATING IMPACT
Why not start a discussion about what each of the five evaluation processes might mean in your own organisation? This will clarify your thinking about evaluation and evaluation practices and help identify areas where you need to develop greater capability or capacity.