- Identify or update Goals and Outcomes. Your project may need revision or re-direction; facilitated and systematic discussion of the Mission, Goals or Outcomes would be a useful starting point.
- Provide details of methods with budgetary detail. Methods such as these provide data for analysis of the problem that interests you about your program: Case analysis, interview, survey, direct observation, focus groups
- Analyze data and present findings. The analysis of qualitative or quantitative data and presentation of the results to an interested audience allow a program to interpret and use results.
- Develop Evaluation Plan with indicators, data sources and methods. Using one data source to verify the results of other information triangulates to build a strong basis for making program changes. Balancing numbers (quantitative) data against the stories from the field (qualitative) develops a wealth of information for future steps.
- Develop Logic Model or a Theory of Change as a guiding consensus document. Proposal of a sequence from activities to short- and long-term outcomes ties your project together. Most importantly, discussion and consensus with staff and stakeholders brings their best effort to improve services.
- Synthesis of Best Practices. Your project may need a document or powerpoint that updates the program theory from what has previously been relevant.
Provide professional development and capacity building. With exploration of issues or aspects of a program, pivotal information may evolve into a training sequence that would be useful for your project.
Develop or update appropriate desk research as needed for background and context. Many excellent websites summarize useful data at regular intervals. Compiling the information into a document that is specific to your needs may shed light on aspects of your project that you had not previously considered. In addition, a review of recent available articles may be helpful in moving a project forward.