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Use and Share Your Evaluation Findings

This last step in conducting an evaluation involves developing recommendations and thinking creatively about how best to share your findings and recommendations. In this step, you’ll think through questions like:

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  • What recommendations do we want to make?
  • What actions should be taken based on what we learned?
  • With whom should we share our evaluation findings?
  • What findings will interest different stakeholder groups? How will we reach them?
  • When should we share recommendations so they are timely and have maximum effect?

Why Use and Share Your Findings?

By providing a deeper and richer understanding of your program, you can build on what's working and develop new strategies for what's not. The many reasons to communicate your findings include:

Learning

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Program improvement, strategic planning, sharing lessons and promising practices, motivation.

Reporting

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Meet funding requirements, accountability to the board, sharing findings with evaluation participants.

Outreach

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Engaging stakeholders, marketing, fundraising.

How Do You Share and Use Your Evaluation Results?

This step starts with developing your recommendations and identifying the list of stakeholders you want to share your results with. Then you can keep each of those stakeholders in mind and think through “what,” “how,” and “when” of sharing your findings. You’ll be ready to put this information together into a communications plan.

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At the end of year one, the Health Connect program team found that the program was making a difference for those who met at least three times with the Community Health Worker (CHW), but it wasn’t reaching enough people.

Based on their findings they recommended making changes for program year 2: adding evening hours for the CHW and having a food bank representative come to the community center to give weekly demonstrations of cooking on a budget.

It was time to use and share these initial findings and recommendations with funding partners and other stakeholders. They had a meeting with the funder to talk through their recommendations.

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