Reflective Writing in Evaluation

Reflect, Refine, Repeat

In formative evaluation, reflective writing can be a powerful tool not just for evaluators, but also for staff and stakeholders involved in any project or program. This practice can serve well in change management and education processes, enabling a deeper understanding of both outcomes and the processes surrounding existing practices.

Reflective writing encourages individuals to think critically about their work, fostering deeper learning from each project. By reflecting on what happened and analyzing their reactions and thoughts, individuals can gain insights that go beyond surface-level observations, leading to a richer understanding of the project's impact and effectiveness.

You can access a free sample of a reflective writing for evaluation here. We explore a use case of database implementation and how reflective writing can document and plan steps on how to move forward from unexpected challenges. 

Steps in Reflective Writing

We invite you to download the free sample above to get started in how you might use reflective writing to examine processes, growth, and development. We are dedicated to nurturing a community of practice that equips organizations to use their data strategically, driving success in initiatives aimed at reducing homelessness, improving outcomes, and making a tangible difference in the community. Please don't hesitate to reach out for further information or to just enjoy a chat over coffee!

Reflective writing is an ongoing dialogue with ourselves and our organizations about where we are and where we need to go. It encourages continuous improvement, supports informed decision-making, and documents the evolution of practices and methodologies. Most importantly, it fosters effective leadership by demonstrating a commitment to learning from experiences and applying those lessons for the betterment of organizational outcomes. It is not just about looking back; it's about moving forward with intention, clarity, and insight.