The target group’s development is examined beyond the end of the project.
Three years after the end of the project, 70% of the rural population of Region x live within 15 minutes’ walk of clean drinking water. That is more than before the project, but less than at the end of the project.
|The investment in data collection can often be justified.||External influences cannot be excluded, as there is no comparison with a control group.|
|The methodological know-how is often available internally or can be learnt.||It is not clear whether the set objectives have been achieved.|
|A plausible case can be made for whether an intervention has made a contribution to the planned effects or not.||The findings only become available years after the completion of the intervention.|
|It can show whether the intervention was sustainable or not.|
It is put to use when the sustainability of an intervention needs to be studied. Due to the time lag, the information is generated too late for short-term legitimising and for immediate steering and learning. It can, however, be used for the organisation’s long-term development and strategic direction.