The final stage of WIPs is a key moment to evaluate the effect your programme had when compared to the initial situation. Which changes did your WIP actually bring about? This is also the moment to measure to which extent it has or has not met (or has exceeded) its objectives.

The final assessment process obviously depends on the methodological design of each specific WIP. Nevertheless, there are distinct steps that help planning evaluation activities.

  1. Get ready for collecting data: include results and impact indicators.
  2. Apply the data collecting instrumentsexplore the support resources available to help you decide on the best procedure to adopt and later process the information.
  3. Process information - remember to compare different (stakeholder) sources to guarantee data consistency.
  4. Analyse all information, draw conclusions and state final recommendations. This can be done in a report. However, in external communications, that isn’t always the best option. This is also the moment to search for indicators regarding the impacts, i.e., the effects your WIP may have in the medium and long term.
  5. Validate and complement conclusions and final recommendations together with the stakeholders. For example, through workshops or discussion groups. This stage is seldom used, but it is a great moment to engage key stakeholders, reflect on the path followed and prepare for future programmes.