Basic steps for a typical evaluation

Traditional evaluation of a project, programme or service includes these basic steps.

See also information on these pages:

Assemble the teamPlan and undertake an evaluation as a team and involve the right people to ensure relevance and ownership of results. The right people may include staff, clients, community members, for example.
Establish Purpose
Identify purpose, evaluative questions and potentially your theory of change or logic model.
Decide the type/s of evaluation you need
Consider what type/s of evaluation you need, given your purpose.
Develop an evaluation plan
Create your evaluation plan.
Collect data
Collect the data and prepare it for analysis.
Analyse data and make assessments
Examine the data and draw conclusions from it.
Write up findings
Write your evaluation report, see for example Presenting Results in
Report and share findingsPresent your findings in appropriate formats. Present your findings in appropriate formats. See our Use and Share pages for detailed information.

If you are going to use developmental evaluation or build evaluative thinking and processes into your organisation, you will need to take different steps.


Know why you need evidence