So what is evaluation anyway? 13 Cartoons

Sometimes it’s fun to go back through the archives.  Here are 13 cartoons I’ve published in the past that might help you explain evaluation.

For those that have been following me for a while and know many of these, I’ll have new cartoons soon.  I’ve been knee deep in data visualization (so much fun) working on infographics, interactive reports, and dashboards.   More on this later too.

But for now…

Explaining Evaluation

Explaining Evaluation Cartoon

 

Research vs Evaluation

 

Difference between a researcher and evaluator cartoon by Chris Lysy

 

Figuring out the Type of Evaluation

 

What kind of evaluation do you need cartoon by Chris Lysy

 

Overcoming Tension

The tension at the beginning of every evaluation. I know our project works. No, you don't.

 Focusing on the Right Outcomes

We saved the children cartoon by Chris Lysy

 Connecting the Dots

Attribution Cartoon by Chris Lysy

Making Comparisons

Bad Comparison Cartoon by Chris Lysy

 Systematic Assessment

Project Stinks Report Cartoon by Chris Lysy

Impact Assessments

Stop Helping People Cartoon by Chris Lysy

 

External Evaluators

External Evaluation Cartoon by Chris Lysy

John Mayne

John Mayne Cartoon by Chris Lysy

 

Carol Weiss

Carol Weiss Cartoon by Chris Lysy

 Michael Scriven

Michael Scriven Evaluation Definition Cartoon by Chris Lysy

 

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Comments

  1. says

    “Figuring out type of evaluation” hits all too close to home too often! I think, as a field of evaluators, we are doing a better job of educating people of the value of thinking about and planning for evaluation at the beginning of the project, but other fields (e.g., education, healthcare, nonprofits) need to systemically build it into their thinking as well :)

  2. Fazeela Hoosen says

    These cartoons are very interactive and a very creative way of explaining what evaluators and do, what evaluations are and the benefits of different types of evaluations. These cartoons will be extremely useful to use in academic courses as well as to explain in a non threatening and simple way to stakeholders about evaluation…would it be possible for me to use these when explaining evaluations to stakeholders?…keep up the good work!

  3. Lisa Richardson says

    Chris- I will be holding a meeting with a group of people about evaluation options for a project. The group knows little about evaluation and is much more familar with research. These will come in handy!

  4. says

    I think the client’s perspective in “figuring out the type of evaluation” is spot on: from there, it’s the job of the evaluator to manage the interview well enough that they can put the evaluation type into Evaluation Jargon.

    But they should be sure that that jargon is always translated back into easily understandable terms when they report to the client. . .

    And maybe when we think of great translations for the jargon that clients will understand, maybe we should start using them more and more ourselves:) (As long as the questions of continuity of language and the in-group cohesion and sense of identity that are conferred by the jargon are dealt with. ) … I really want term-by-term evaluations of terms in Evaluation:)

      • says

        Making a list sounds good:) I’ll see if I get around to it:) Sounds like something to put on the evaluationwiki.org if and when we are able to resurrect it. . . but for now, I have to study for my next evaluation class!

  5. KJ says

    The use of cartoons disarms people and allows for the seriousness and complexity of the topic to be fully engaged. This was a fun way to discover that there is work to be done through effective communication.

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