Steps 5 and 6: Reporting Results

One of the most important parts of evaluation happens after all of the data collection and analysis are done: using the results to make a difference. Let us look at some important questions you should be asking as you analyze your data.

  1. When are the results needed? Evaluation, by its nature, is about informing next steps. What do you want to inform and when are the results needed?
  2. Which people do you intend to share the results with? Identify the specific individuals and the groups of people.  Knowing who you need to reach will help you hone in on which information to share.
  3. Finally, what format is best to share your results? Your answer may differ depending on the purpose of your evaluation. As you put together your results, you’ll want to check in with the few key people to find out their preferred formats.