There are a few different downloads available for the Rainbow Framework.
This downloadable version provides all the different options (methods and processes) that can be used for each task in an evaluation. This can help you to plan an evaluation by prompting you to think about a series of key questions. It can be used to develop a complete evaluation plan, or to undertake a discrete task such as documenting agreements in a Terms of Reference.
All 7 clusters of the Rainbow Framework
Download all seven of the Rainbow Framework's colour-coded clusters of evaluation tasks in one booklet.
Download separate summaries of each of the Rainbow Framework's colour-coded clusters of evaluation tasks.
MANAGE an evaluation or M&E system
Decide how the evaluation or the M&E system will be managed, including clarifying stakeholders, roles and decision making processes, and ensure processes for these are transparent and well-managed.Download PDF (243 KB)
DEFINE what is to be evaluated
Develop a description (or access an existing version) of what is to be evaluated and how it is understood to work.Download PDF (179 KB)
FRAME the boundaries for an evaluation
Set the parameters of the evaluation—its purposes, key evaluation questions and the criteria and standards to be used.Download PDF (156 KB)
DESCRIBE activities, outcomes, impacts and context
Collect and retrieve data to answer descriptive questions such as what has happened in terms of the activities of the project/program/ policy, the various results it has had, and the context in which it has been implemented.Download PDF (595 KB)
UNDERSTAND CAUSES of outcomes and impacts
Collect and analyse data to answer causal questions about what has produced outcomes and impacts that have been observed.Download PDF (178 KB)
SYNTHESISE data from one or more evaluations
Combine data to form an overall assessment of the merit or worth of the intervention, or to summarize evidence across several evaluations.Download PDF (198 KB)
REPORT & SUPPORT USE of findings
Develop and present findings in ways that are useful for the intended users of the evaluation, and support them to make use of them.Download PDF (253 KB)