This cluster of evaluation tasks develops an initial description of the program and how it is understood to work. This can be used to:
There are three tasks involved in developing an initial program description and how it is understood to work:
Developing an initial description of the project/program/policy.
It is usually helpful to illustrate how your project/program/policy is understood to work by developing a causal model that links activities with intended outcomes. You can then use the program theory or logic model to inform monitoring and evaluation planning.
It is useful to think about possible negative impacts (that make things worse not better) and how they can be identified before a program is implemented.