Even before the project is implemented, plans must be laid for how its effects are to be measured and assessed. The results of this step must be written down.
Step 3: Plan the outcome and impact assessment
How it is done
There must be clarification of what has to be answered to whom for what purpose. This gives indications of how the findings of the impact assessment are to be compared, and who will later carry out the evaluation. The targeted outputs and effects must be converted into indicators and target values must be defined. For each indicator, the methods used to collect the necessary data must be planned.
Coming up with answers to the following questions can be the third step in an impact assessment:
- Formulating the objectives through indicators helps to check that the planned project objectives are realistic and achievable.
- Planning data collection helps to check whether the indicators can be measured in a timely fashion and at a justifiable cost.
- Combining the two shows whether the evaluation question can be answered.