Clarify what will be evaluated
An evaluation can focus on a project, a number of projects, a program, a policy, a strategy, an organization, a network.
It is helpful to produce a succinct statement about:
(a) what is to be evaluated – which may include information on:
- The rationale: the issue being addressed, what intervention is being done, who is intended to benefit from it, and what the intended results are
- The scale of the intervention, budget and resources allocated and stage of implementation
- The roles of partner organizations and other stakeholders involved in implementation
- The implications of contextual factors – geographic, social, political, economic and institutional circumstances which create opportunities or challenges
- Significant changes in the intervention that have occurred over time – because of changes in contextual factors or lessons learned
(b) what is considered to be outside the boundaries of the evaluation – For example, some activities or some longer-term impacts.
Checking this initial description with different stakeholders can be a helpful way of starting to identify where there are disagreements or gaps in what is known about the intervention and/or the boundaries of the evaluation.
The following item is a potential output from this sub-step. Where possible, it might be useful to research other deliverables that have also been shown to be effective.
- Description of the evaluand