Evaluation, reflection and sense-making


Before proceeding to the next phase, take some time to evaluate the quality of the process you have conducted so far, along with the quality of the data, information and content generated through this process. Use the list of conditions below to guide your evaluation. If you feel that you have not covered all points, we encourage that you revisit Phase 1 and see how to improve on the process or content before moving on to phase 2.

  • You have a skilled, representative and influential coalition in place
  • You have agreed on principles for good practice that will serve as a moral compass on your Wayfinder journey
  • You have designed your Wayfinder process to suit the local context
  • You have worked out principles for who, when and how different stakeholders should be involved in the process
  • You have set up a system for managing data and information generated through the process, and you have decided on how you will use this to support learning
  • You have mapped out and collected available data and information that is relevant for your process
  • You have articulated your assumptions in the coalition about how change happens in your system, and reflected on the sphere of influence of the Wayfinder process
  • You have enough resources, time and capacity to conduct a Wayfinder process


Having evaluated your work, it is useful to reflect a bit more deeply on what you have learnt from the Wayfinder process so far. Use the questions below to guide this exploration. Make sure to capture your learnings, they will be important to guide you later on in the Wayfinder process.

  • Reflect on the composition of the coalition. In what way is the coalition representative for the system that you set out to change? How were people selected for the coalition? How did you decide who would be there or not? Can you anticipate any stakeholder groups that may feel under represented in the processs?
  • Reflect on your own assumptions about the Wayfinder process. What can you learn from other attempts to address the issues you are interested in? In what ways do you expect this process to be different?
  • Reflect on the system that you are trying to change. Is there a willingness to work for sustainable development in the system, beyond the coalition?


Finally, try to make sense of what all this means for your ambition to navigate the system you are interested in towards a more sustainable, safe and just future. This is crucial to make sure you keep moving in the right direction.

  • Is Wayfinder the right process for you, your team, your project, right now? Or is there other things that need to be done first, before you are ready to embark on this journey?