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Key skills: making a difference
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2.3.3 Evaluating your strategy and presenting outcomes

This stage is about evaluating your strategy – what you've achieved and judging how well you achieved it-and presenting your work. An evaluation requires you to assess your overall strategy and work in terms of its strengths and weaknesses. Evaluating your strategy, however, is not simply describing what you have done, listing your successes, or even blaming yourself or others for things that didn't go according to plan.

Evaluation is about considering how successful were the methods and techniques that you used, why they were successful and whether you could have tackled any aspects of your work differently. Being aware of why things worked well, or why the problems occurred is important for future learning.

Assessing your own performance helps you to see what you can learn and take forward from your experience, including identifying those skills you want to develop further. To help you do this effectively you may need to make use of feedback from a tutor, say, or other students, colleagues, friends or family, as well as drawing on your own plans, reflections and feelings. If you have been given any criteria for the work, use them as well as relevant standards, such as the key skills criteria included on the Bookmarks. Whatever your assessment, you should be able to give reasons to support your conclusions and decisions. Be imaginative and try to ‘stand outside’ the situation to see it in a new light, as if you were an independent reviewer.