Fiveways’ evaluation checklist

As Abraham Lincoln once almost said, “delivering an effective service evaluation is all in the planning.”

To help our clients and other charities evaluate their services more effectively, we have put together a checklist of key things to consider during the early stages of planning or commissioning a service evaluation.  The checklist draws on our experience of planning and delivering successful evaluations that have demonstrated outcomes and driven service improvement for charities including Bliss, CLIC Sargent and YoungMinds. We hope that it will prove useful to help organisations better demonstrate the difference they are making – and to reduce the risk of wasting time and money.

The Lincoln ‘quote’ is “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe,” but he probably didn’t actually even say that, and there are absolutely no confirmed reports of whether Abe evaluated his outcomes.