A lot of definitions of evaluation contain the word systematic. The definition I usually use is: Evaluation is a systematic process of determining the value or worth of anything.
I’m curious how you all clarify what it means to be systematic to stakeholders. I usually include the following:
- Consistent (e.g., collecting data in a similar matter by using data collection protocols and employing them even when you might get critical feedback)
- Incorporating different angles and perspectives (e.g., collecting data from people who have different roles related to a topic or using mix methods approach)
- Avoiding Biases (e.g., reflecting on your own biases and being mindful about their influences on our data collection, developing data collection protocols to help mitigate biases, and seeking out potentially critical feedback)
How would you describe being systematic?