Why Your Action Plan is so Important for Evaluation: Three Key Reasons

Why Your Action Plan is so Important for Evaluation: Three Key Reasons

  1. Knowing what the programme does is the most basic information required to understand what role the programme plays in producing the outcomes

  2. The action plan is providing information on how the programme is supposed to work ‘in theory’. How it 'actually' works can then be compared to determine the extent to which the programme is implemented consistently with this theory. We call this testing programme fidelity.

  3. Identifying the connections, or missing connections, between outcomes and activities (or missing actions) is important for effective programme implementation and to test the logic of the intervention. Can it work?