Monthly Archives: October 2013

Spiritual truth releases possibility

“Spiritual truth is learned by atmosphere, not by intellectual reasoning. God’s spirit alters the atmosphere of the way of looking at things, and things begin to be possible which never were possible before (Oswald Chambers, My utmost for his highest, 1935, 1963, p. 286).”

During any evaluation exercise we discern true conclusions supported by the evaluation evidence. Based on those conclusions we may recommend program changes for better effectiveness and efficiency. In transformative evaluation (TE) is our task now finished? Not unless we have prayerfully asked: What wonderful thing now appears possible through this program?

TE does not just report signs of individual and social transformation apparent from past program implementation. It looks toward the future to anticipate potential good that can emerge as God continues to work through this program. TE does not leave the program as it was when the evaluation exercise began. Some staff will see and hear different possibilities for encouraging transformation. Other stakeholders may consider new directions in their relationship with transformational development. Regardless, my prayer is that TE brings people closer to God.