All are reasons for project evaluation except one. Which one?
Evaluation involves the systematic collection of information about the activities, characteristic and outcomes of an activity or action, in order to determine its worth or merit (Dart et al, 1998). It is a major part of learning, and can provide a wealth of useful information on the outcomes of a project or action, and the dynamics of those who undertook the work. Through the identification of the highlights and lowlights of the project, evaluation draws conclusions which can inform future decision making, and assist to define future projects and policies (Patton, 1997). Evaluation of projects is undertaken for a number of reasons:
• to contribute information, for example for the review of a coastal management strategy;
• to be accountable to those who are funding the project;
• as a debrief to the group on the completion of a project;
• to reflect on how you’re developing as a group or organisation, and whether you need to improve the way things are being done;
• to review and adjust the management methods and techniques used in an area;
• to develop the skills and understanding of people involved in a project by enabling them to reflect on, and learn from, their experiences;
• to provide information for planning future projects;
• to determine the worthiness of any management project;
• to justify and promote a management action to the wider community;
• to create a historical record of management success over time;
• to review management methods and techniques, and how effective they were;
• to see if the work is contributing to the management objectives for a specific area;
It is important to be aware of the reasons for undertaking an evaluation before commencing, as this will define how the evaluation process should be designed, and what outcomes are expected as a result.
Project Evaluation http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/dop_pub_pdf/5_project_evaluation.pdf
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- to be accountable to those who are funding the project
- to provide information for planning future projects;
- to determine the worthiness of any management project;
- to raise funds