Conducting a good evaluation requires an investment of time and money. Before getting started, it is best to do a “reality check” and assess whether your proposed evaluation is feasible. This resource will help you determine your agency’s capacity to conduct your intended evaluation.
Three categories of resources and capacity that you should consider are:
- Staff Capacity and Expertise: Does your current staff have evaluation experience? Do you have collaboration partners with evaluation experience?
- Time and Budget: How much time do you have to prepare for and conduct the evaluation? Do you have the financial resources for a dedicated evaluation lead?
- Stakeholder Buy-in: Do your evaluation questions represent the values and perspectives of your stakeholders and community?
Ready to assess your agency’s evaluation capacity? A blank worksheet for assessing resources and capacity can be found here: