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Did you know that evaluability assessment aligns well with systems thinking and addressing program complexity?

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Although evaluability assessment was introduced in the 1970s as a pre-evaluation activity to determine if a program was ready for outcome evaluation, it has evolved into an approach that can be used at any point in a program’s lifecycle and is no longer exclusively tied to quantitative outcome designs.

Tenets that are central to evaluability assessment are also central to addressing program complexity: stakeholder involvement, multiple perspectives, and feedback.

Mike Trevisan and I will present a session at next week’s American Evaluation Association conference, “Using Evaluability Assessment to Address Program Complexity,” in which we’ll describe some specific strategies that reinforce the centrality of stakeholder involvement, multiple perspectives, and feedback in evaluability assessment work. This will include discussion of case examples where these strategies were used.

We hope to see you there!

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