4 Reviewing your results

The purpose of the Evidence Planning Tool is to reveal the impact of your work. This helps you identify what is working well and what you want to retain, as well as what you might want to change. For example, you may need to fill any evidence gaps, rectify false implicit or explicit assumptions, and correct mistakes. The tool should give you a better understanding of your project, organisation and business’ strengths and weaknesses. You can now act on what it tells you.

If you feel that you still need more help, some of the other tools in the DIY Toolkit may be useful: for example, SWOT Analysis [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] and Learning Loop.

Case Study 4 reviews Teemac’s results from using the tool.

Case Study 4: Teemac’s results, as reported by Tarun

This activity made us doubt something that we were absolutely sure of creating. It helped us introspect and rethink an entire system we were going to create based on our intuition. It was a good exercise because it helped us achieve a deeper understanding of what we were trying to do; creating a logical evidence-based plan to get buy-in for an institutional platform that connects colleges to their students.

Source: Markose (2014)

Activity 5

Timing: Allow around 20 minutes for this activity

Having completed the Evidence Planning Template for a project, organisation or business with which you are familiar, reflect on what you have learned from it.

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Discussion

Were you able to identify what is working well, what you want to retain, what you want to change, any evidence gaps, to rectify false implicit and/or explicit assumptions, and correct mistakes? If you found this difficult you might want to revisit Table 1 in Section 2 to refresh your understanding of each quadrant.

3.2 Applying evidence planning to your own work