The Purpose of Evaluations

Helen Chauncey

The Coexistence Initiative

Interviewed by Julian Portilla, 2003

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We see several types of activities, each pegged to what I call program accountability. I'll give you a list of our activities and I'll note that each time we do one of these it's incumbent upon us to step back from it and say, "What are the lessons we have learned?" Then 6 months, 1 year, 2 years down the line do a health check on what we thought we learned in order to perpetually widen the circle. If you want to think of this as a spiral, we want the circumference of the circle to be ever larger as we move forward.