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Project Evaluation

The Ruckelshaus Center is developing methodology for conducting evaluations of its projects, in order to identify lessons learned and foster ongoing process improvements.

In 2016, the Center conducted an evaluation of the Walla Walla Water Management Partnership. This Post-Project Evaluation fulfilled two purposes. First, the evaluation investigated the effectiveness and applicability of the Center’s previous contributions to the development of the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership. Second, the evaluation explored the outcomes, challenges and opportunities that have emerged during the implementation of this Partnership. Read the full report (pdf). For more information, see overview document provided on the right, or contact Project Coordinator, Molly Stenovec.

In 2011, with oversight from University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance 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 is provided on the right. 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.

Updated on January 15, 2018