Section 10

Reporting Data

Collecting data is of little use unless the information is written up in an evaluation report for dissemination to funders, partners, members of the development team and possibly community representatives. Most funders will have influenced the type of required outputs and, more importantly, desired outcomes. So, although the evaluation report is an essential element in the process of programme learning and development, it is also centrally important to the process of accountability. Consequently, such reports should not simply present a description of project activities but should address the concerns of the major funders and partners. Also, time and resources need to be committed to reporting and reports should be presented as professionally as possible (e.g., they might form the basis for future bidding for funding).