Using a Team ApproachUsing a team approach for planning and carrying out an evaluation can be very helpful. Members can rely on each other's knowledge and expertise as well as share the responsibility for the work.
In deciding who will be part of the team, try to look for individuals with the following qualities:
- Staff who have a thorough understanding of the program or the work that will be evaluated.
- External parties who can add important (and sometimes more objective) perspectives.
- Staff or external parties with experience conducting evaluations who can provide guidance to the team.
Choose one person to take responsibility for overseeing the evaluation. This person will coordinate the team, manage the resources, and make sure tasks are being completed on time. Later chapters in this toolkit will touch on assigning responsibilities to team members as part of developing an evaluation plan.