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Evaluating projects again

What can we learn when we evaluate projects again years later? How can this help us improve other projects we do? And how to do it?
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Some organizations think that project evaluation happens only during a project. Or else, immediately after the project ends. However, experts say we can learn a lot from evaluating projects again years later. For example: When we help people today, are their lives still better five years later? If the answer is “yes”, then what led to this success? If the answer is “no”, then how can organizations do better with similar projects in the future? This article explains why evaluating projects again is important and how to do it.

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