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Understanding the language of impact and evaluation

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Understanding evaluation terminology can help you plan your evaluation more effectively. Here are some of the key terms we use in this section.

Impact: broad or longer-term effects of a project or organisation’s work. This can include effects on people who are direct users of a project or organisation’s work, effects on those who are not direct users, or effects on a wider field such as government policy.

Outcomes: the changes, benefits, learning or other effects that happen as a result of a project or organisation’s work.

Outputs: products, services or facilities that result from an organisation's or project's activities.

Monitoring: the routine, systematic collection and recording of data about a project, mainly for the purpose of checking its progress against its plans.

Evaluation: using monitoring and other data you collect to make judgements about your project or organisation.

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