Truth, naked and cold, had been turned away from every door in the village. Her nakedness frightened the people. When Parable found her, shewas huddled in a corner, shivering and hungry. Taking pity on her, Parablegathered her up and took her home. There, she dressed Truth in Story,warmed her, and sent her out again. Clothed in Story, Truth knocked againat the villagers’ doors and was readily welcomed into the people’s houses.They invited her to eat at their table and to warm herself by the fire. Jewish Teaching Story (Annette Simmons)
Stories are authentic human expressions that transport us to the core of the experience. We have just lunched our project Evaluations that Make a Difference, where we plan to explore how narratives and storytelling can facilitate knowledge transfer and learning. We believe that storytelling can have a profound impact on evaluation stakeholders. Storytelling, in its full glory, allows analytics to come alive in an emotional context that matters to decision makers.
We are making this provocative question: Have you participated in an evaluation that influenced people’s lives and / or led to social betterment? , and we are particularly interested to hear the answers from usersof the evaluation results: manageres, policy makers, commisioners, and program´s beneficiaries. The evaluators themselves can also join the narration of the stroy, but the voices of some of the formers shouldn´t be missed.
The project’s purpose is to demonstrate to evaluation users (e.g. governments and international organizations, NGOs and advocates) how evaluation can truly be a force for positive change. It will also help evaluators gain insight into evaluation approaches that can influence use and impact.
Send in a Story Submission Form by April 15, 2014 for a chance to have your evaluation profiled in an international collection of stories about evaluations that make a difference.
In May 2014, one to three stories will be selected from each of these regions: Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Australasia.
During the Story Development Phase (June – October 2014) the winning stories will be further developed, using engaging story development techniques.
The final stories will be shared through an online platform during EvalYear 2015.
For more information, and to follow the news of the project, visit and subscribe to our blog atwww.evaluationstories.wordpress.com , or download the Call for Stories background document and submitting form at http://evaluationstories.wordpress.com/call-for-stories/