Another piece of info from the NSW Education Department’s site on evaluative thinking that really resonated with me was a list of values they share that we can adopt to be better evaluative thinkers.
These values are:
- curiosity - where we are willing to ask questions that might not have easy answers
- ambition - as we continually work to improve our processes and our impact
- courage - as we question and challenge existing practice in ourselves and others
- humility - recognising that insight can come from a wide range of sources and there is always more to learn
- honesty - where we do not seek to bend the facts to suit ourselves or cover up ‘inconvenient truths’
I think like most people, I do a better job at living some of these values than others. Generally, I think people drawn to evaluation are typically curious, and willing to ask difficult questions. Am I right?
For anyone reading that isn’t an evaluator (you 3 people out there ), please keep in mind that most evaluators ask a lot of questions, but that it generally comes from a good place, and that we genuinely believe that asking tough questions is helpful.
Stay tuned for next week’s post on some good habits to put evaluative thinking into action.