The Ruckelshaus Center is developing a methodology for conducting evaluations of its projects, in order to identify lessons learned and foster ongoing process improvements. With oversight from University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs Professor C. Leigh Anderson, Evans master's candidate Alan Foster devoted his degree project to the development of an instrument for Center leadership, project managers, practitioners and stakeholders to use in evaluating project outcomes and effectiveness.
That degree project was completed in June 2011 and is provided below. The primary methods for its development were examination of evaluation instruments created by other alternative dispute resolution centers, practitioners and associations and interviews with these sources and Center leaders, practitioners and stakeholders about what questions need to be addressed in evaluating projects and how best to get at the answers. While tailored to the needs of the Center, the tool is based on the best elements of evaluation instruments developed for other practitioners in the academic, non-governmental and private sectors.
The Center is now pilot testing the instruments, adapting them for the needs of specific projects and the overall goals of the Center, and is looking for opportunities to present at conferences, meetings and in publications. Initial reactions have been very positive. Alan Foster is now at Triangle Associates, Inc. in Seattle and plans to maintain project evaluation as one of the focuses of his practice. He can be reached at 206-583-0655 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center is also happy to discuss questions or comments on this evaluation instrument.
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Updated on May 7, 2012