Book Review: Actionable Evaluation Basics – Getting succinct answers to the most important questions (minibook) by E. Jane Davidson
“Evaluation is about delivering clear, well-reasoned answers to the most important questions.”
I had the pleasure of attending a conference last year where E. Jane Davidson presented and she was a stand-out—she was clear, articulate, funny, and, most importantly, I learned something from her.
Since then I’ve been eager to get my hands on more of her work and I thought what better introduction
than to read her minibook. Plus, I am a firm believer that, no matter how much you think you know, reviewing the basics is never a waste of time.
This minibook is inexpensive but packs a lot of punch. Davidson’s Six Key Elements of Actionable Evaluation simplifies the usually perceived huge task of evaluation into manageable bites that made me feel like evaluation is something that is achievable, even if you just start small, and even if you don’t have lots of
letters after your name.
I found most useful the section on evaluative questions, as Davidson really gets to the crux of evaluation (and does so passionately and with authority). If you’re a novice, I’m sure you’d also find the section on
evaluation reports very useful–Davidson gives practical advice that can be used in many contexts (for example, for internal audit reports).
Davidson includes links to some useful resources and further reading as well—because I bought this as an e-book, it was great to click and go, so I’d recommend buying it in this format if you’re interested in easily pursuing further reading.
If you’d like to know more about E. Jane Davidson, or get a copy of this minibook, here’s a link to her website, Real Evaluation.
Thanks for reading,
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