Managing an evaluation involves allocating and using resources—especially people, money, and time—effectively to carry out an evaluation. Plans for resource use are communicated in formal documents such as budgets, work plans, and contracts or memoranda of agreement.
People: Professional evaluators have credentials and experience that prepare them for a variety of technical, analytic, and interpersonal activities. Evaluators often involve staff from the projects they are evaluating in planning or conducting the evaluation. Evaluations may engage other experts such as editors, cultural liaisons, or subject matter experts to fill in knowledge or skill gaps among the evaluation team.
Money: The cost of an evaluation depends mostly on its scope, because that determines how much personnel time is required. Travel, materials, and overhead costs also affect the overall evaluation budget.
Time: Decisions about how much time is needed for an evaluation and how to use that time depend on the project’s duration and schedule. The evaluation’s scope and when information is needed for decision making must also be considered.
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