Phase 4 in Community-Based Evaluation involves acting on findings. In this final stage, evaluation findings are shared, and acted upon to create positive change within or outside of organizations.

#4 Acting on Findings highlighted in four phase circular diagram

Community-Based Evaluation:  Acting on Findings

During this phase, it is important to:

 

  • Communicate findings that speak to various stakeholders (internal or external to the evaluation). Different communication methods may speak to different audiences.

  • Consult with, and take guidance from your steering committee. Steering committee members may have valuable ideas and networks to help move findings into action.

  • Prioritize action and relevance. Look for openings or policy windows to spark change.

Strategies for Sharing results. A diversity of formats should be used to share evaluation learnings. It could be written, such as reports, articles, letters. It could be visual, such as infographics, posters, videos. It could be oral, such as presentations, theatre, storytelling.

While the first 3 phases of community-based evaluation are focused on “doing the evaluation” the final phase focuses on “using the evaluation.” When deciding how to share your findings, consider target audience, aim, and type of output. Different strategies may appeal to different audiences. When sharing your findings, is your aim to communicate information, change policy, spark an internal dialogue, or vision new directions?

 

Finally, how might sharing or acting on your findings help play a role in Canada’s 2030 Agenda? Or connect with other organizations working to localize SDGs 16,5 or 4?

To learn more, watch our webinar, "Acting on Findings in Community-Based Evaluation: Evaluating SDGs for Local Impact." Download webinar 4 slides here and access a copy of our workbook here. Click here for a link to the Miro board.