Task 1: Consider whether the initiative is an effective use of the resources involved

Key question 1: Are the costs reasonable compared to the outputs and results achieved?

  • Assess the financial and human resources that were mobilised to put in place the activities.
  • To judge whether these resources are appropriate given the results obtained, arrange a discussion with colleagues. Alternatively you could run a survey asking them to judge whether the investment is worthwhile.
  • Evaluators can also make a comparison with a similar measure. This requires making sure the costs are calculated using the same approach.

Example: For instance, you can compare the total costs of the programme with the number of young persons who have been reached and the share of those who have seen positive results.


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