Regular evaluation on progress is a very important part of the delivery of a community project. It can help you identify issues, measure successes and learn from your mistakes.
When designing your evaluation, make sure you are clear about your purpose as this will help determine what questions you want answering. Ideally your evaluation will measure the extent of which you project is achieving its vision, goals and objectives so it is worth considering what method to use to enable the information collected to be analysed.
Once data has been gathered and analysed, remember to check your conclusions against your goals and objectives and make sure that you put the results into practice! It is also helpful to tell others what you have learnt so they can benefit from your experience. Comprehensive evaluation may also be a requirement from some funders or partners so that they can evaluate their impact on your project.