My capacity building approach
My approach to evaluation and evaluative thinking capacity building is based on 4 core principles:
No consultant or program outsider has the level of program specific knowledge and expertise necessary to build evaluative thinking capacity or to plan or implement high quality evaluation. Nor are consultants present enough to sustain evaluative thinking practices. Therefore, I view any capacity building work I do as a partnership between program staff as insiders and the capacity builder as an outsider. My role as a consultant is to offer my expertise, advice, and strategies and request interpretation, feedback and program expertise from my program partners.
While evaluative thinking can be done by one person in isolation, it is most beneficial when it is practiced by all members of an organization. Therefore, my approach to consultation and capacity building focuses on including as many members of an organization as possible- including representatives from all levels of that organization's hierarchy.
In order to learn to think evaluatively and adopt it as a habit, it must be intentionally and regularly practiced. To that end, evaluative thinking workshops center around practicing strategies and activities that can incorporated into regular work routines.
Every organization is different. Every participant group is different. In order to maximize the impact of any capacity building effort, I am committed to creating a detailed, customized plan for each individual organization and group. In addition, just as I recommend to my participants, I am a committed reflective practitioner. As such, I am open to feedback and making changes to the original plan as needed.