A new document has just been released by Building the Field on the role of community members in evaluation. At the Engaged Learning Series discussion on May 13, participants discussed the role of evaluation in improving the work and providing evidence of its impact in community. An insight that emerged was that evaluation can also play a role in advancing community engagement.
The questions asked and the outcomes defined in an evaluation have a powerful influence on the outcomes an organization achieves. Community engagement evaluation creates processes for many people in a community to bring their experience, knowledge and dreams to shape the evaluation, and, thus, the outcomes of the work. A best practice of community engagement is to involve community members in shaping the evaluation.
Download Evaluation and Community Engagement: Everyone is an Evaluator to read more.