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Our evaluation strategy


A culture of learning and evaluation drives our effectiveness, relevance, impact and sustainability.  It also helps increase understanding of the unique contribution volunteering makes to sustainable development.

We strive to embed a culture of learning and evaluation by:

  • building learning and evaluative questions and processes within programmes design and architecture, ensuring they drive programmes and organisational monitoring practices and data collection;
  • increasing the number of collaborative internal evaluative and learning exercises conducted across programmes;
  • using generated findings to facilitate learning, understand the impact and sustainability of our work and drive programme improvement;
  • sharing best practice of rigorous evaluations methodologies, approaches and findings amongst all staff across VSO;
  • increasing the strategic choice of global or meta-evaluations across thematic and geographic areas; and
  • increasing our capacity and confidence to decide on the need and relevance of external evaluation and to commission and manage strong evaluations, using external experts when this is deemed necessary.