Step by step guide for evaluating project outcomes and impacts

In order to be effective, project evaluation needs to be designed so that it will provide useful information, while remaining feasible to carry out with the resources and capacity available. To help with this PRISM breaks the process of designing and implementing an evaluation into four main steps.

Step 1: What do you need to know?

Identify which of the project’s outcomes/impacts to focus on, and the evaluation questions that you will try to answer.

Step 2: What data to you need to collect?

Design the evaluation and select appropriate data collection methods that will allow you to answer your evaluation questions.

Step 3: What can you learn from the results?

Analyse data then interpret the results to find out what lessons can be learnt, and what the results mean in relation to the overall goal of the project.

Step 4: What should be done next?

Apply results to improve practice and share results with the wider conservation community.