Rainbow Framework

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This tool 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 the evaluation Terms of Reference.  It is important to consider the issues raised in all of the following evaluation planning questions, including reporting, at the beginning of an evaluation.

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BetterEvaluation organises options into 32 different evaluation tasks, grouped by 7 colour coded clusters to make it easier for you to choose and use appropriate methods, strategies or processes.

Each of the inpidual clusters of the tool is laid out in a table checklist that identifies the task and the relevant evaluation planning questions and options (methods or strategies) that can be applied in each case.

Contents

Manage - Manage an evaluation (or a series of evaluations), including deciding who will conduct the evaluation and who will make decisions about it.

Define - Develop a description (or access an existing version) of what is to be evaluated and how it is understood to work.

Frame- Set the parameters of the evaluation – its purposes, key evaluation questions and the criteria and standards to be used.

Describe - Collect and retrieve data to answer descriptive questions about the activities of the project/program/policy, the various results it has had, and the context in which it has been implemented. 

Understand Causes - Collect and analyze data to answer causal questions about what has produced outcomes and impacts that have been observed.

Synthesize - Combine data to form an overall assessment of the merit or worth of the intervention, or to summarize evidence across several evaluations.

Report and Support Use - Develop and present findings in ways that are useful for the intended users of the evaluation, and support them to make use of them.

Source

BetterEvaluation (2014) BetterEvaluation Rainbow Framework and Planning Tool. Retrieved from www.betterevaluation.org

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Ana Marques
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Empowering resource! Extremely informative and analytical. Thank you.

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Nick Herft
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Hi Ana,

Thanks for your feedback. We'd appreciate any additional feedback you have to offer regarding how you've used the Rainbow Framework. Feel free to add your feedback here or use the contact form.

Kind regards,
Nick

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Kabir Hamisu Kura
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 This is simply excellent

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Alice Macfarlan
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Thanks for the feedback, Kabir. We'd be really interested in knowing how you have used the Rainbow Framework, or how you might use it in the future, and if you have any feedback on it. You can reply below or send us an email if you'd prefer.

Best,

Alice

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YItagesu
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really helpfull.

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Betty
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I need help on downloading the content.

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Hi Betty - I'm sorry you've been having trouble accessing the content. To view the PDF linked in this page, you can click the 'View resource' button.

However, we're in the process of making some user experience improvements to the website and have a prototype of a new download page for the Rainbow Frameworks document that you can access here: http://www.betterevaluation.org/rainbow_framework/download_the_rainbow_f...

You may find this new version easier to use, and it also contains the supplementary Rainbow Framework documents which you may also find useful.

The new Rainbow Framework page has not yet been officially 'launched', but it has been posted to our User Experience Feedback Panel to allow for feedback, so if you have any comments you'd like to share on the usability of this new page you can sign up for the panel here: http://www.betterevaluation.org/en/join_feedback_panel

Best,

Alice

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