This evaluation checklist was developed by USAID to support, review and strengthen scope of work (SOW) during the evaluation planning stage.
"In most cases you should plan evaluations during the project design stage. Use the Checklist at this stage to “rough out” the SOW while adding detail as you get closer to the start date for the evaluation. The eighteen (18) items that are bolded are the most critical factors that should be addressed in early drafts of the SOW. All forty one (40) factors should be adequately addressed (with a rating of 3 or higher) by the time the SOW is finalized. One of the most critical factors in the SOW is to ensure that the relationship between the number of evaluation questions, level of effort and budget for the evaluation is clear and realistic." (USAID 2011)