The terminology of Impact Evaluation procedures might be sometimes difficult to grasp, but the core question is very simple: DOES IT WORK? The evaluation of the impact of activities, measures or organisations, tries to answer basic questions such as: What works? What does not work? For whom it works and for whom it doesn´t? Why it doesn´t work? What could work better in this particular context?
Even though the questions are simple, answering them is not always easy. Thorough evaluation requires exploration of context, design of the evaluation, data collection, analysis of data, evaluation of the actual impact, and recommendations for future improvement.
The process of learning is what really matters and it is the main reason why we carry out evaluations. We learn to do things differently and how to improve in the future. We can also get inspired by other evaluations in order to see if the same strategies and mechanisms work in different contexts. That is why networking and mutual learning are also very important parts of evaluation processes.