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What are Evaluation Questions?

Activity 3 Getting Familiar with Evaluation Questions

Worksheet 3 Generating Questions

Expected Output

To draw up a list of questions to make an evaluation exercise more focused

What are Evaluation Questions?

Evaluation questions are derived from the evaluation objectives. As well, they establish the direction of an evaluation process. All subsequent steps in the evaluation process, particularly PHASE 2 GATHERING INFORMATION USING GENDER AND ICT INDICATORS are mapped out to answer evaluation questions. The evaluation questions should explicitly ask the gender issues that need to be addressed in the initiative or project. Therefore, the process of setting evaluation questions is a sensitive and crucial exercise because it determines what aspects of the project will be included or excluded from the evaluation.

Developing evaluation questions can be one of the hardest parts of an evaluation exercise. Most often, team members tend to formulate evaluation questions that they can not realistically answer. Finalising the evaluation questions entails delving into the gender and social issues within the context of the project, which may raise extremely sensitive issues among the members of the evaluation team. Dif ferent ideas and perceptions on priorities and assumptions of the initiative or project can come up, some of which may be sensitive and contentious. In some cases, the team comes up with vague evaluation questions or end up accepting the suggestions and ideas of senior persons in the group. Experience says it is best for the team to come up with participatory methods of facilitating discussions when formulating evaluation questions.

Be reminded that it is important to always refer to the gender and ICT issues identified in PHASE 1 STEP 2 ACTIVITY 2.2. Keep these issues in mind when formulating evaluation questions.