Evaluation is performed for a range of reasons: to improve programs, to learn about how they function and, perhaps more often than we like to admit, to serve a purely symbolic, legitimating function. Evaluation also struggles with a running tension: between the effort to ground it in rigorous, technical practice, and the reality that it is often deeply subjective. Evaluation, after all, is a claim about what is valuable, or whether something has value.
July 27, 2017
Evaluation: How FedNor Adapted
Staff at FedNor successfully reconciled the demands of the new evaluation criteria with activity advancing the institution’s broader mandate. If many FedNor staff had not embraced the new criteria, it could have presented risks for the organization.