| A basic guide to evaluation for development workers |
|7 Using evaluation: feedback and follow-up|
Once the findings have been assimilated, a follow-up meeting should be called to resolve any points of clarification and to come to agreement about what actions need to be taken. This must be sensitively handled. It may be that the findings of the evaluation reveal unintended harmful effects of the work which was evaluated, for example, that the river is being polluted; women are worse off than they were before; or children's nutritional status is deteriorating.
The evaluation process itself may have uncovered problems in the relationship between the funding agency and the group whose work is being funded, which will have to be addressed.
In extreme cases, the agency may decide to stop funding on the basis of the findings—or the local group may decide to cease or radically re-direct its work. It may be that the findings reveal serious differences between the criteria of the funding agency and those of the group it has been supporting.
Where it is agreed by all concerned that changes are required, the funding agency may help by paying for someone to work alongside the local group to help them to consider the detailed implications of the evaluation and re-plan accordingly.
The funding agency will either have to agree with the proposed course of action to implement or act on the evaluation findings; or, if it is apparent that the time has come to end the funding, then a pro-gramme for how this will happen over time should be mapped out.