Using BetterEvaluation material

BetterEvaluation resources can be easily adapted to help support evaluation training, from structuring coursework to creating organisation specific materials.  

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Here are some of ways people commonly use BetterEvaluation to help achieve their capacity strengthening goals. If you’ve used BetterEvaluation materials in a way that others in the community might find useful, please let us know. 

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Use BetterEvaluation material to structure learning exercises 

The Manager's Guide

The Manager’s Guide can be used to support both broad and detailed evaluation training 

This guide walks the user through the main steps of an evaluationfrom deciding the focus of the evaluation to distributing reports and could support teaching an overview of the process of evaluation.

If you’re wanting to go into greater detail, you might like to explore a step from the guide For example, you could run a workshop on developing Terms of Reference(ToR) or writing a Request for Proposal (RfPdocument using Step 3 of the manager’s guide. This teaching can be further supported with the GeneraTOR – a free tool which helps create a TOR or RfP document that can be downloaded and shared.  

The Rainbow Framework

The Rainbow Framework can be used to structure learning agendas, with learners working through each section to gain an understanding of the full range of tasks involved in evaluation. It can also be used to help structure activities, such as the example below:

Example: Evaluation Design Workshop Exercise– breakout discussions using the Rainbow Framework 

  1. Attendees are divided into small groups with at least one community representative and one person with evaluation experience. 
  2. Groups asked to think about how to design an evaluation of a program that will address the problem discussed in the morning session. Groups are encouraged to consider how to address the stated evaluation goals. 
  3. Groups are encouraged to use the Better Rainbow Framework to complete the following tasks: 
  • Use thManage section to decide who should be involved in the evaluation and what resources are available  
  • Use the Frame section to set the parameters of the evaluation 
  • Use the Describe section to form a plan for retrieving data 
  • Use the Understand causes section to form a plan for understanding causes of the produced outcomes and impacts  
  1. Attendees are encouraged to discuss the appropriate methods to use at each stage of the evaluation. 

Use BetterEvaluation as the underlying resource behind your organisation's evaluation guidance

The BetterEvaluation website contains credible information on more than 300 different evaluation methods, processes and approaches. 

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We encourage you to make the most of the materials on our site, link to them, share what you find useful and let us know if something’s missing.  

Example: Using BetterEvaluation as a “key underlying resource” — The NSW Government Evaluation Toolkit 

This toolkit draws heavily on the BetterEvaluation website as it walks users through the key steps in managing an evaluation. When it needs to provide further detail, it links back to BetterEvaluation. 

View the Toolkit here

Use BetterEvaluation Rainbow Framework to structure you own resources 

Categorising and organising your evaluation resources can help make them easier to navigate, increase utility, and illustrate how the resources are interconnectedThe Rainbow Framework provides a simple taxonomy and structure that you can use in your own work.  You could use these to structure organisational guides or organise information in your internal filing systems or intranet. 

Example: Structuring information using the BetterEvaluation Rainbow Framework

ALNAP Evaluating protection in humanitarian action report 

ALNAP used the Rainbow Framework to organise the contents of this paper to make it “accessible to a wide and diverse audience… because it offers a comprehensive and flexible way of organising vast amounts of information relating to practical evaluation issues by grouping them into a series of broad process steps that are common to virtually every type of evaluation exercise in most contexts”.  

Adapt BetterEvaluation materials to create resources specific to your sector and context

BetterEvaluation materials can be used as a starting point to create your own context specific resources. Adapt the resources to include knowledge specific to your sector and elaborate using examples of good practice from your own team. 

Example: Using the Rainbow Framework to support a principles-based approach to evaluation for a particular sector

C4D Hub 

The Communication for Development (C4D) Framework is an approach to evaluation based on a set of values and principles that guide decisions.

The C4D framework was combined with the BetterEvaluation Rainbow Framework to create a suite of resources that help evaluators choose methods to suit their practical needs, while working within the values and principles of C4D.

Explore the C4D hub for inspiration on how you might be able to adapt the Rainbow Framework to support your approach.  

How do I cite BetterEvaluation? 

Use this format for citing the BetterEvaluation website: 

Author (the year the page was last updated or published). Page title. BetterEvaluation. Retrieved Month Year from URL.  

For example, if you wanted to cite our task page on Data Visualisation, the citation would look like: 

Evergreen, S. (n.d.) Visualise Data. BetterEvaluation. Retrieved September 2014 from 

The authors of a page are identified near the bottom of the page. If there are no authors, you can use this format: 

Visualise Data. BetterEvaluation. (n.d.). Retrieved September 2014 from 

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