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Innovation in Evaluation: Good webzine and IDEO initiative

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IDEO partnered with Good magazine to cultivate and explore the relationship between innovation and evaluation. They are running a blog based opinion column: Innovation in Evaluation.

Some ‘good’ discussion going on there, in blogpost and the comments. For example, Sally Madsen wrote, ‘How Might We Celebrate Learning through Evaluation?‘. To quote:

Why do we evaluate? Sometimes it’s for reflective validation: qualifying the success of a program after it is complete. Other times it’s for active learning: seeing what is working well and what could be improved, and using this insight to change things for the better.

Evaluation for validation has an important role in comparing different approaches: Which approach has the most impact? Which gives the best value for money? How can this affect strategy moving forward? The downside of this type of evaluation is that it often doesn’t produce conclusions until months or years after the actual project has ended—when the opportunity to change course or affect the project outcome is gone. Evaluation for active learning, on the other hand, allows you to take action as soon as a problem is identified. In design and innovation, evaluation for learning is a natural and essential part of the process.

Written by anol

September 7th, 2009 at 5:25 am

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