Solid evaluation helps you determine the impact of your strategy and allocate resources effectively. Strong data collection, monitoring, evaluation and reporting is consistently recommended as one of the foundations for increasing diversity.
Monitoring is the routine collection and tracking of program data, often required by funding bodies. Evaluation is an assessment of this data, offering the chance to analyse the overall impacts of your program. The actions in this topic focus on evaluating the impact of your equity and inclusion strategy.
Evaluation is often based on three concepts: goals, indicators and data.
Goals express the aims of your equity and inclusion policy. Goals can be developed for short-, medium- or long-term timeframes, and for individual, organisational, community or systemic levels.
Indicators show whether a goal has or has not been achieved. Indicators are meaningful and measurable.
Data is the evidence that establishes the indicator, which can be quantitative (expressed as a number) or qualitative (such as comments, observations or creative responses).