- Let’s make sure the findings are ready in time for key decision points – even if that means getting just an approximate answer for you
- Oh yes, evaluation expertise is paramount for getting this right; that’s why we have a senior evaluator (rather than a researcher) heading the project
- No, it doesn’t matter in the slightest if the project doesn’t fit in with my academic research agenda
- You’re right; we really got lost in the details there (and I doubt we’ll find our way out, ever)
- Actually, I’ve included that in the evaluation plan solely because it’s of interest to me academically and I might be able to publish a paper off it
- The executive summary should definitely be no more than a page and should contain a succinct summary of the key findings
- Rigorous measurement and description isn’t enough; we’ll give you a well-reasoned conclusion about whether the outcomes were good enough
- Of course we’ll provide direct answers to the evaluation questions, not just free associate to them with the data
- Let’s present our findings in plain language that everyone will understand
- How about paying us based on the utility, value, and timeliness of our work to you, the client?
[This one’s a Genuine Evaluation original, based very loosely on the Top Ten Things You’ll Never Hear From a Consultant (also worth a look; original source unknown).]
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