Evaluating Projects of a NORC Program

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Guiding Principle # 4

A NORC program involves its partners in the process of deriving meaning from its evaluation findings.

The wide range of perspectives that NORC program partners bring to any discussion can enrich an evaluation and inform next steps. Once all data have been collected, they should be reviewed with partners, and everyone should be involved in discussions about whether intended results have been achieved.

Collecting data is only a first step. Meaning still must be drawn from those data. Interpreting findings is a multi-step process that involves:

  • Integrating evaluation findings with knowledge acquired from earlier research and experience.
  • Incorporating the perspectives of partners into the analysis.
  • Considering the context in which the data were collected.

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