The art and craft of bricolage in evaluation

This CDI Practice Paper, by Tom Aston and Marina Apgar, makes the case for ‘bricolage’ in complexity-aware and qualitative evaluation methods.

The paper provides a framework based on a review of 33 methods to support evaluators to be more intentional about bricolage and to combine the component parts of relevant methods more effectively. It discusses two cases from practice to illustrate the value added of taking a more intentional approach. It further argues that navigating different forms of power is a critical skill for bricolage, and that doing so can help to ensure rigour.


Aston, T. & Apgar, M. (2022). The Art and Craft of Bricolage in Evaluation. CDI Practice Paper 24, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies.

'The art and craft of bricolage in evaluation' is referenced in: