Making evaluative judgements

Sometimes stakeholders and decision-makers just want to know ‘how things are going’ in one short, focused answer. Using evaluation objectives, criteria, and rubrics enables you to make overall assessments of whether your programme/project/organisation is operating well and is sustainable over time. This workshop will outline good practice approaches to make evaluative judgments about progress and performance. Hands-on exercises will enable participants to develop and then apply a robust assessment tool (rubric) to an example. You will gain skills and knowledge you can apply to your own projects to track the progress and achievements systematically over time, and mitigate potential risks earlier.


As a participant, you will learn:

  • the purpose and importance of evaluation criteria aligned with OECD-DAC and rubrics
  • examples of rubrics and how they can be applied
  • how evaluation criteria and rubrics can be used to ensure project/programme/work sustainability
  • how to develop fit-for-purpose evaluation criteria and rubrics through a practical exercise.

Who should attend?

You and your colleagues will find this workshop invaluable if you:

  • are responsible for planning and managing a work programme/project/work activities
  • want to understand programme performance – that is, whether what was intended is actually happening? And identifying what changes may be necessary to enhance performance
  • are a regular user of findings from evaluation or impact studies.

Benefits in attending

Building your skills in the use of evaluation criteria and rubrics information will help you to:

  • ensure programmes/projects are achieving the desired goals/objectives through objective criteria and assessment tools
  • assess results systematically in a reliable and credible manner to tell your performance story.