in terms of subject, evaluation focuses on :
The subject of evaluation of project documents is to determine whether a particular offer is feasible and whether there are objective and empirically verifiable assumptions to ensure that the project plan has led the implementation to meet its goals. Evaluation of project documents uses systematic, objective and validated methods to analyze the factual content of the offer or the project to verify the compliance of the proposed solution with the specified requirements (e.g., specifications), and to determine the extent to which the proposed solution meets the defined parameters (e.g., adequacy, sustainability, utility, etc.). The core of the evaluation of project documents is an analysis of the feasibility of the proposed solution, including the possible identification of strengths and weaknesses, potential barriers to implementation and the estimation of other risk factors. A separate part of the evaluation of project documents is also the benefit and effectiveness analysis of the project solution.
Intervention programs are understood to be measures introduced by public and private organizations to stimulate desirable forms of behavior of specific target groups. The intervention programs are very often encountered in the areas of education, health, environmental and social work. Intervention programs occur in practice in the form of support programs (such as health, labor activities, educational activities, etc.) or preventive activities (measures of crime prevention, raising awareness about health risks, etc.). The evaluation of intervention programs and public policy are a key part of their preparation and implementation; we place emphasis on the ways in which the thorough evaluation can contribute to the continuous improvement of individual intervention programs and strengthen their usefulness and efficiency.
The evaluation of intervention programs includes the first step of the analysis of needs (needs assessment) and the assessment of the intervention program itself.
In the second step, the evaluation of the implementation of the intervention program, attention is paid to the manner of implementation of the intervention program; we explore whether and to what extent various activities and processes are carried out that are necessary for the effective functioning of the intervention program. When evaluating the implementation process, we also pay attention to the strengths and weaknesses of implementation and recommend any corrections to this process.
The objective evaluation of intervention programs and public policies is the third step of evaluating the benefits of the individual programs. When evaluating the usefulness and effectiveness of intervention programs and public policies, we seek answers to the following questions:
- Is the intervention program helping clients; or, what is the impact of the intervention program on specific target groups?
- Does the intervention program change the situation of clients and other stakeholders?
- Is the budget for the implementation of the intervention program adequate?
- Does the newly introduced (modified) intervention program set goals better than the existing program?
- How can the intervention program be further improved?
- Is the intervention program making effective use of financial, material and human resources?
Outcomes of the evaluations of intervention programs and public policies facilitate decision making and planning, contributing to better management and better quality of supply and support for a document to achieve the desired social goals, organizational change and learning processes.
Evaluation of communication and promotional activities verifies the public awareness or specific target groups of the existence of the communication and promotional activities and verifies knowledge of the target groups and their attitudes to communication activities implemented.
To assess the success of achieving communication objectives, we evaluate the quality of the communication campaign management (planning, implementation and evaluation of individual communication activities) and the quality of the tools utilized in the context of the implementation of the communication plan.
The objective of evaluating communication and promotional activities is to evaluate the real outcomes and results of these activities, including a review of the effectiveness of different information and promotional tools used in the performance of communication goals.
Based on the evaluation of communication activities, we offer recommendations for future planning, management and implementation of these activities, including proposed further monitoring and evaluation.
Evaluation of educational activities focuses on the analysis of conferences and the evaluation of specific activities in the field of continuing education and professional development such as training courses, trainings and seminars.
We have a specific methodology for evaluating educational activities, which include research participants' satisfaction with the activity and chiefly the testing of knowledge and skills of graduates to verify the extent to which the acquired knowledge can be useful in other (work or other) participant activities. The evaluation of usability and the actual use of acquired knowledge is an important area that is currently gaining ground and is a field which INESAN is placing special attention.
If required by the nature of the project, we focus on getting immediate feedback from participants; we also perform long-term monitoring and evaluation of training activities, evaluation of the impact of specific training events on the knowledge, attitudes and behavior of participants.
We provide feedback to the organizers and sponsors of educational activities, as well as to organizations who send their employees to educational courses.
Meta-evaluation is simply an evaluation has been carried out evaluation survey. It focuses on the systematic analysis of the factual basis for the primary (assessed) evaluation of the suitability of methods and techniques and how to perform a primary evaluation in the context of applicable professional standards. Part of the meta-evaluation is also assessing the merits of an evaluation survey conducted for a specifically defined target group of actual and potential users.
INESAN performs meta-evaluation based on the evaluation results of the primary (previously implemented) evaluation and determines the degree of their effectiveness and contribution. The meta-evaluation assess the adequacy of the evaluation objectives and the suitability of evaluation questions; the evaluation design; the evaluation process (i.e., whether the evaluation design was actually applied and whether the key assumptions were met for the application of the evaluation procedures); the results of primary evaluation.
Based on the meta-evaluation INESAN can make decisions that may prevent incorrect implementation of evaluation findings; adverse manifestations of prejudice associated with specific evaluation units techniques and procedures; inadequate subjectivism when working with descriptive data; inappropriate (unilateral, unsubstantiated or inadequate) interpretations; errors in the analysis of quantitative data, and many other problems. Implementation of meta-evaluations anticipate industry standards (see, Standards of implementation of evaluations of intervention programs) and within the field of evaluation is considered the obligation of authorities to the implementer of evaluation, which in this way provides additional information about the options associated with the use of evaluation results and implementation of evaluation findings.