RE: Can visual tools help evaluators communicate and engage better? | Eval Forward

Dear Harriet,

Many thanks for starting a discussion close to my heart!

Let me share the latest development of WFP EvaluVision, as you kindly shared as an example. After trying to set a foundation of methodology, EvaluVision is now focusing on finding and strengthening local talent. WFP Nepal conducted a stakeholder workshop to discuss a baseline study of the school feeding program. I worked with a local artist to share the overall EvaluVision methodology. A documentary video is being edited at this moment, so I might be able to share it before this discussion closes.

Besides EvaluVision, I recently asked to help several WFP country offices to visualize the Theory of Change. After going through several technical workshops to formulate ToC, it was suggested to make a one-page visual without any technical terms. I proposed that, after drafting an illustration, organize a coloring contest where any staff or their family can participate. The winner was the daughter of the WFP staff.  I realize this is more like a vision board than a Theory of Change, it helps to explain the overall purpose (how success looks like) and how we get there. More details and the winning entry on a LinkedIn post here

Visual of WFP Theory of Change

Another use, as wisely pointed out by Harvey Garcia in earlier posts is a crossroad of evaluation and data analysis. I see a big potential for using big data for evaluation. I am not a data scientist who can share many insights, but please allow me to share a graphic summary of a very interesting discussion of evaluation and artificial intelligence organized by EBRD last year. I suppose it's not so far future when AI will create a summary drawing if you upload a 100-page evaluation report. (or maybe is there such a tool available already?)

Visualization of AI and evaluation discussion



Keisuke Taketani 
Graphic Facilitation and Design