Acting on the Evidence
Producing a report and sharing learning is not the end of the process. Fundees, funders, and others need to take time to consider the improvements required, and set out a plan of action to carry these forward.
In light of what you have learned, you should make any necessary decisions and changes. This might mean changing your approach, making minor corrections, stopping some approaches completely, or addressing new needs.
Ensure that any major planned changes are discussed with the Life Changes Trust or other relevant funders as early as possible.
You must decide on the priorities for action arising from your findings.
A useful framework for identifying action priorities based on evaluation and/or other consultation findings is outlined below:
Improvements that are revealed by the self-evaluation findings and associated actions should be viewed and communicated as an opportunity to make the project better.
Agreed improvements should be set out in the form of a simple action plan. Setting out a plan will provide a clear sense of what needs to be done and give purpose in reaching your objectives. For example:
The Life Changes Trust has also created a template, available for download here.
Your plan for improving a project should be based on the self-evaluation findings. The action that results should be specific, manageable, and measurable.