Category Archives: Instruments

Exercise: Understanding Spiritual Discernment

The attached file is an exercise to assist people to clarify their understanding of spiritual discernment. The file was revised 26 JAN 2017.

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It can be used by evaluation team members to facilitate consensus on data collection and analysis for this aspect of an evaluation.

It can be used with stakeholders as the evaluation is planned.

It can be used to facilitate use of spiritual disciplines that guide the activities of the evaluation team.

May your ministry be more pleasing to God as you develop deeper understanding of discernment, and internalize discerning practice.

Evaluation Wheel for Transformative Evaluation

In another post I explain the purpose of an evaluation wheel and provide a wheel for participatory evaluation. Basically an evaluation wheel is a diagram for evaluating an evaluation experience.

Click here to go to the post → Participatory evaluation wheel

This post has a wheel for transformative evaluation.  Click here → TE evaluation wheel

I welcome all suggestions for improving the wheels.

Evaluation wheel for participatory evaluation

The evaluation wheel is a graphic device for comparing evaluands on specific criteria. (Remember that an evaluand is a fancy word for whatever is being evaluated.) It is a versatile tool that can be used in a variety of ways:

  • Individuals can use it to indicate strengths and weaknesses of their performance on some task over a period of time.
  • As a group exercise it can illuminate differences in perceived strengths and weaknesses of something by the group members. A composite wheel is constructed from wheels completed by individuals.
  • As a multi-group exercise it enables comparison of perceived strengths and weaknesses of something as perceived by the different groups.

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How participatory was that evaluation?

Some time ago I became concerned that “participatory evaluation” was being used to refer to vastly different evaluation approaches. One evaluation report called a participatory evaluation merely surveyed a sample of people, but there was no engagement by the evaluator with anyone about any aspect of the evaluation process. Apparently simply responding to a questionnaire was considered participation.

Other evaluation reports varied widely in the extent to which the evaluator engaged with others in designing and implementing an evaluation. I prepared a simple tool for rating the extent to which an evaluator engaged others while carrying out the evaluation. The tool is attached below. I welcome comments on the usefulness of the tool and other ways of determining the extent to which an evaluation can meaningfully be called a participatory evaluation.

Tool Assessment of Strength of Participation in an Evaluation