Why evaluate a program or project?

Often, the simplest answer is because the sponsor or funder says you have to! The purpose of an evaluation moves from meeting an RFP requirement to helping you accomplish the goals of your project; helping you manage the project and its activities effectively. Evaluation can also help you make decisions about which activity can deliver the most bang for your buck. By assessing what is and isn’t working, your evaluator can help you make better decisions about the resources you have. As a PI, I know how difficult it can be to give up part of a pet project or idea. As an evaluator, I know it sometimes has to be done. And an objective evaluator can help you not only see what needs to be done but also justify the change to the funder and other stakeholders.