A Scope of Work (SOW) is a plan for conducting an evaluation which outlines the work that is to be performed by the evaluation team. It contains references to milestones, reports and deliverables and should include a timeline for deliverables and end products.
"A good SOW usually
- identifies the activity, results package, or strategy to be evaluated
- provides a brief background on implementation
- identifies existing performance information sources
- states the purpose, audience and use of the evaluation
- clarifies the evaluation questions
- identifies the evaluation method to answer the questions
- discusses evaluation team composition and participation of customers and partners
- covers procedures such as schedule and logistics
- clarifies requirements for reporting and dissemination
- includes a budget" (USAID, 1996)
Checklist for Reviewing Scopes of Work for Performance Evaluations: This evaluation checklist was developed by USAID to support, review and strengthen scope of work (SOW) during the evaluation planning stage.
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