When Have You Prepared Enough?

This weekend I’ve spent a lot of time working on my beat up old sail boat. It’s gotten a lot of TLC this off season and is much less beat up than when my partner and I bought it. However, there is still always more to do, and today we found ourselves finishing up a few “small” projects while it seemed like the rest of the world was out enjoying the water this holiday weekend.

This situation brings to mind all of the planning, measuring, and analyzing that we often do in evaluation. There is always tweaking we can do, there are always things we can improve. When is it enough? When should we actually call it good and let the program staff do their work?