Program or project evaluations can help provide information for good planning and priority setting.
Needs and capacities assessments
Situation analyses or evaluability assessments
Evaluation frameworks – theory of change, logic models, indicators
Process and formative evaluations
Outcome, summative and impact evaluations
Data collection and analysis (quantitative and qualitative)
Specific evaluation approaches: Utilization-focused, Collective Impact, Principles-focused, Developmental
WHAT IS EVALUATION
An evaluation strives to understand how a program operates and/or what difference it makes to the people it serves by:
Asking questions about the program or project that are important to program stakeholders.
Carefully planning a credible approach to answer the questions using social science research methods.
Systematically collecting mixed methods data (different types of information).
Analyzing the data.
Interpreting and sharing the results with stakeholders.
An evaluation is not a staff performance appraisal, judgement about anyone’s merit or worth or a satisfaction survey.