Approach to Evaluation

Good evaluation is independent and oriented towards the goal of truth. Much of evaluation requires careful measurement and quantitative analysis. It also involves social, organizational and communication skills. When we conduct an evaluation, the context, needs, aspirations and organizational focus of the client establish the terms and conditions of the evaluation work.

To this we bring the technical depth and the code of ethics of the disciplines that a particular evaluation or set of evaluations draw upon. These include a commitment to relationships, independent analysis, respect for Nature, sustainability and concern for respecting the interests of all parties, including to the extent possible for parties who participate in and/or who are affected by the work.

What is evaluated can be a program, a policy, a rate or a fundamental reform or project. The type and design of specific evaluations depend on the goals of the reforms, projects and/or programs to be evaluated. It is the client's role to specify the goals, although we can help in a process of interaction. We try to develop actionable results.

A market evaluation is different in design from either a program evaluation or a market transformation evaluation. Decoupling evaluations, rate evaluations, policy evaluations and social program evaluations each require special designs. Sometimes the design of an evaluation is specified by a legislature and performance is assessed against specific legislated standards. Evaluation from a climate adaptation perspective results in a different design than an evaluation that does not take locality specific climate change into account. Sometimes a reform may require large-scale data analytics. However, a constant in all our evaluation work is the need for due diligence, accuracy and the goal of truth.

We will work with you interactively to surface goals and objectives and to optimally design evaluation to fit your goals and objectives.