Penguins speak plain English

20 October 2017

Some months ago, the Superu team sat down to devise a handbook for those new to evaluation.

It was important to the team that readers were taken through the theoretical concepts with the help of a real-life case study, and so the penguin-led journey to evaluation competence was born.

The result - Making sense of evaluation - has been a hit since day one, with more than 1,100 downloads from our website and hundreds of copies given away to community organisations, government agencies and universities.

There have been plaudits and praise from local users, from practitioners in the UK and from US-based graduates. And now recognition from the Plain English Awards. The handbook has made the finals in two categories: Plain English Document - Public Sector, and the People's Choice Award.

There's stiff competition for the ultimate prize, with worthy efforts from KiwiWealth, Perry Outdoor Education Trust and the Wellington City Council among others, but we're delighted to have our work acknowledged and are looking forward to the Awards finale on 23 November 2017.

To find out more about the Plain English Awards, visit its website. To learn more about evaluation and download the handbook go to Superu's Using evidence for impact web pages.

Last update: 2 Nov 2017