Evaluative Thinking brings evaluation skill to areas other than program evaluation, for example human resources, technology, fund development, teams, project or program development. The evaluative thinker uses the tools and skills of evaluation to help contribute to the project or programs overarching goal. The evaluative thinker tracks and documents the nature and results of project development. He or she actively pays attention to both the intended and unintended consequences of the project, as well as the changes in the direction and shape of the project. Their goal is to advise on, and assist where needed, on the design, collection and analysis of project data to assist in the project development.
Evaluation is an activity that produces reports; evaluative thinking produces effective organizations. Evaluative thinking is systematic, intentional and ongoing attention to expected results. It focuses on how results are achieved, what evidence is needed to inform future actions and how to improve future results. (Patton, 2013)