Evaluating your pilot project

In yesterday’s blog entry, I outlined some of the advantages of pilot projects—starting small to test a ministry idea. Let’s say you do that. How do you know if it’s working? Here are a few ways to evaluate the success of your pilot project.

  1. Goal achievement. That sounds simple, but it’s essential. Is this pilot project producing the results you were aiming for? (Note: this presupposes that you set clear, measurable goals ahead of time.)
  2. Motivated team members. How easy is it for you to find—and keep—team members?

Check your vital signs

In medicine vital signs are key indicators of health. They readily provide a red flag for various types of problems—pulse, respiration, blood pressure, body temperature. What are the vital signs for your ministry?

  1. Most ministries have financial vital signs. That doesn’t mean that more money equals more health, but rather that whatever money is coming is being spent well and on things that directly contribute to the accomplishment of the mission.
  2. Human resources vital signs are measured by indications of burnout such as lack of follow through on commitments, morale, and the inability to cover key tasks. Volunteer health is essential to any ministry.
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