What is an Assessment?
An assessment is the process of collecting, analyzing, and utilizing data for the purpose of informing or improving a project. It is an on-going and interactive process and provides critical feedback to identify areas of potential improvement or intervention.
What is an Evaluation?
An evaluation is the objective and systematic review of an on-going or completed project’s design, implementation, and results. It helps determine efficiency, impact, and sustainability of a project and enables the integration of lessons learned into the decision-making process.
ORB Evaluations and Assessments
At ORB, we utilize our extensive data collection skills and services to conduct evaluations and assessments on a variety of projects, such as supporting the Tony Elumelu Foundation with understanding the impact of its Entrepreneurship Program. We primarily utilize both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods to carry out our assessments and evaluations, which allows for richer context and triangulation of findings.
A key component of our approach is to also incorporate local feedback mechanisms to provide input on evaluation/assessment design and implementation. This ensures research tools and protocols are sensitive to the political and cultural contexts of targeted groups. Additionally, ORB offers opportunities for evaluation stakeholders to offer input toward evaluation design to ensure the evaluation meets the objectives of all interested parties.
Why are evaluations and assessments important?
Evaluations and assessments play a key role in the implementation of complex projects. They create learning mechanisms by generating and sharing knowledge about how best to achieve project goals, and use that knowledge to inform and adapt on-going projects. They are tools provide accountability by ensuring projects are effective and efficient, and transparency exists at all levels of implementation.