How to Identify Initial Evaluation Questions

How to Identify Initial Evaluation Questions

It will now become clear why it was worth the time spent developing a Theory of Change and an action plan; identifying evaluation questions now is easy.  You simply refer back to your log frame to help you determine appropriate questions for your evaluation. 

In terms of process you will ask whether or not inputs have been sufficient and timely, activities took place and outputs were successfully produced.  In terms of impact, you will ask whether your outcomes have been achieved and ultimately whether the programme has made a lasting difference in the lives of the beneficiaries.  In order to understand why the programme or intervention might not be performing as expected, you can ask questions about the validity of the theory of action and change and the underlying assumptions of the programme. 

Read through the case study for this step and have a look at the example that we did for the New Beginnings Development Centre. This is a practical illustration showing you how to identify initial evaluation questions. 

We provide a template for an indicator, target and means of verification table where you can list your programme components and corresponding evaluation questions. You can elaborate on this template in Plan: Step 5 when you will identify indicators, targets and measures for the evaluation questions.