An evaluation framework (sometimes called a Monitoring and Evaluation framework, or more recently a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework) provides an overall framework for evaluations across different programs or different evaluations of a single program (e.g. process evaluation; impact evaluation).
An evaluation framework can include guidance on data sources and management processes. It sometimes include an overall program theory/logic model and principles to guide the planning, management and conduct of evaluations.
- NSW Government Evaluation Framework: outlines definitions and principles for evaluation across State government and how it should be built into public management processes
This book, written by Anne Markiewicz and Ian Patrick, offers a step-by-step guide to developing a monitoring and evaluation framework. The approach it presents is both theory and practice-led, and is designed to provide clear and practical advice in a participatory, logical, systematic, and integrated way. The text includes end-of-chapter review questions and a summary checklist, and is complemented by the downloadable monitoring and evaluation framework template.