As an external evaluator I am at times seeing things from a different perspective than the Executive Directors, Project Managers and administrative staff that I work with. This is my advantage and my challenge; I have a fresh way of seeing things, but I am also one step removed from the day to day actions and changes that impact program outcomes. Sometimes the data I see is out of date and I don’t realize it, and sometimes the data I happen to have doesn’t tell the full story.
Working in collaboration with my clients, I am able to bridge these gaps and get a truer picture of what happened, and why. I am grateful to have an excellent Research Assistant who also helps me to prepare the data we do have and identify big-picture questions that we need to take back to our clients.
As we close this period of reflection I am grateful to the wonderful people I work with, and wish everyone continued success in improving healthcare, building collaboration and contributing to system-wide changes that make all of our lives better.