In my search for great resources about evaluative thinking, I ran across the New South Wales Department of Education’s evaluation resource hub and their section on evaluative thinking. They have a lot of great materials that I’m going to highlight over the coming weeks.
The first thing I wanted to share was their evaluation process flow image:
I love how NSW frames evaluative thinking as “not a stage in the process. Rather, it is the mindset and skillset that motivates and fuels activity.” Even if we’re not all evaluators, we can all adopt this mindset and be part of this work.
Is this expectation realistic? Can we constantly be curious, identify assumptions, ask questions, take time out for reflection and let that reflection guide future action? Is there a time where that’s just not feasible or even wanted?