Maurice Samuels, Senior Evaluation Officer, discusses how selecting measures of impact, context, and outcomes for evaluation reflects values and creates accountability.
One of the ways in which we live our values of informed and inclusive decision making is through measurement. It is important in helping us to learn about the “so what” of our work. It gives us insights to determine if we are on track to reach our intended outcomes and impacts, understand what is working, and identify external factors that are hindering progress.
Measurement is an important tool in helping us to assess the progress of a strategy; it is equally important in helping us rearrange power dynamics and recognize our privilege. Because we use measurement for learning, it inherently holds us accountable for the changes we seek and the degree to which we are living our values. Measurement and accountability proceed arm-in-arm as they are needed for us to make the most informed decisions.