Integrating Data, Evaluation & Learning Practices

Often, we view evaluation as a test, measuring whether we’ve achieved outcomes outlined in our original plan. This can make evaluation feel uncomfortable, even scary, rather than helpful and informative. However, using data to support innovation and adaptation is critical to making a meaningful difference, and integrating evaluation and learning into the work of the backbone is a vital part of this process. A dynamic backbone organization doesn’t have to be deeply knowledgeable about evaluation, but you should recognize the value and pull in strong thought partners to support learning along the way.