Balancing act: A guide to proportionate evaluation

  • Date of release: 2016
  • Type: Guidance & research reports
  • Sectors:
    Arts and culture, Children and families, Citizenship and communities, Community development, Crime and public safety, Disability, Domestic violence, Education and learning, Employment and training, Environment, Housing and homelessness, Infrastructure support, International development, Mental health, Older people, Physical health, Sport, Substance use and addiction, Volunteering, Young people
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Developer/Author: NPC

What constitutes a proportionate and meaningful way to evaluate a programme? It’s a difficult but crucial question. This guide is to help you think through what proportionate and meaningful evaluation design looks like for your organisation. In doing so it draws on the literature on standards of evidence as one way of framing what good evaluation can be. It also argues that standards only help to answer some, not all, of an organisation’s considerations when determining their approach to evaluation.

The main components of the paper are:

  • An introduction to the main types of evaluation, exploring the role of evidence standards in assessing evaluation design.
  • An outline of the key considerations to inform your decisions about the type and level of evidence that is appropriate for you.
  • A guidance table which links evidence needs and research questions to methodological options that accommodate different situations and budgets.

Balancing act: A guide to proportionate evaluation

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