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Unappreciative Inquiry - Evaluation Report Checklist

L. Jerome Gallagher

Is the draft evaluation report that landed on your desk from your evaluation team exemplary, or not quite? Are you afraid you might have a “surrealist evaluation” that reports the “most insignificant change” through “mixed-up methods”?  Before moving on to utilizing your evaluation findings, evaluation managers and reviewers have a responsibility to ensure that evaluation findings and conclusions are credible and well supported with logic and evidence. This 12 point checklist is designed to prompt critical thinking and suggest common pitfalls to look for in program evaluations based on many years of experience in reviewing and critiquing external evaluations of USAID programs.