TRIPLE III TIME: “Evaluation Learning 101”

This week I have been involved in a special evaluation project with a long-time partner organization. As you can guess evaluation has not been my career-long area of interest.  Mostly I love being on the front-creative end of any project… instead of researching and measuring how it went.  However, this time the evaluation event caused me to look back to my farm roots to better realize missed Evaluation Learning 101 opportunities with my Dad

thumbnail_image1Dad was always a cautious risk-taker.  Whether the challenge was crops, livestock, or farm machinery…he was always ready to try something different. I remember tractors.  John Deere, Massey Ferguson, International, and even a David Brown.  As a young man, it was fun to work with them, test them and see what was special about each.  But interestingly, I never knew what Dad thought…nor did he ever ask me?  This absence of Evaluation Learning 101 conversation is the point of this week’s TRIPLE III TIME message.

There is a tremendous amount of Evaluation Learning 101 that never occurs due to a lack of communication.  Think about it.  Do you have regular communication about unique sales techniques you used that worked great?  If you helped a person with a ton of challenges get a start-up job through special coaching time…do all of your co-workers know?  Or if you partnered with a new group to have greater access to all kind of cool resources… did you share your strategy?

I wish Dad had shared his Evaluation Learning 101 process for measuring options and opportunities.  YOUR Evaluation Learning 101 experiences have lifetime value.  So share your Evaluation Learning 101 occurrences every time you can.  Waiting for a better time to share may never come.

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

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