Today’s tip comes from last week’s Embracing Diversity and Evaluating Inclusion-Focused Initiatives discussion. One of the speakers, Andrew Taylor, said something that stuck with me, and I think is one of the best tips when it comes to evaluation (I’m paraphrasing):
Slow down. Think a little more. Talk to people.
I find we’re often rushing to figure out what data to collect and how to collect it. Should we do a survey? How do we get a good sample? Then when we get results, often we want to skip ahead to solutions.
When you see this happening, slow down. Don’t rush through the planning. Be sure you have agreement about what you want to learn, what the goals are, and talk to program participants, front-line staff and community members. They can provide important guidance to make sure you get the best quality data, and later, can provide additional insights into the results.
Thanks Andrew for sharing your wisdom!