Effective evaluation is not an ‘add-on’ or a ‘one-off event’ that is done ‘to’ those involved. Instead it should be seen as a collaborative process that is done ‘with’ all those involved. It is purposeful and provides valuable insights to inform planning, preparation and implementation strategies. The process of evaluation has clearly defined stages in a cyclical structure, as illustrated below.
Figure 1: The cyclical process of evaluation
This leaflet one of a series on ‘listening as a way of life’ written by the Young Children’s Voices Network, outlines why we should listen to young children and what the benefits to early years provision are.