Recently we’ve talked about creative reporting approaches that meet the needs of a specific audience and increase evaluation use. We also create “reports” to help an organization celebrate their success and visually show organization leadership what was accomplished. The results from an Impact Evaluation can cover a lot of territory in a large project, but it’s often what people are most interested in learning. Providing those results in a visual, easy to interpret report meets the needs of many stakeholders.
As evaluators we work hard to remain objective across the evaluation. However, when you work closely with project stakeholders over multiple years, you do share in the excitement and satisfaction when the results of the evaluation demonstrate important impacts.
But all good grant-funded projects must come to an end! To celebrate and commemorate the end of the 4-year US Department of Labor funded INTERFACE Project, we created a 16×20 poster that the project leads could hang in their offices and show to their Presidents and Board of Directors.
This $23.1 million project had a HUGE impact on the 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges, so it was pretty challenging to communicate that in a one-page infographic. Our evaluators worked closely collaborated with our on-staff designer to select elements of the evaluation to highlight. We focused on big picture outcomes, but also made sure to bring in some quotes to convey the human impact.
Our designer created custom images and icons that visually communicate grant impact. The bold colors align with the colors that were used in messaging throughout the project. Large numbers and icons draw attention to key information that demonstrate the long-term project impacts.
Grant-funded projects require an enormous amount of work for the institutions that undertake this work. Project leaders become deeply invested in the project, but when the end of the grant cycle arrives everyone must move on to other things. Commemorating the success of the project in a visual way is intended to serve as a reminder of past success and an inspiration for the next stage of innovation.