- Although there has been a growing emphasis on use of experimental designs in evaluation, there is also increasing agreement that evaluation designs should be situation specific.
- The nature of the program is one of the key factors to consider in evaluation design.
- Two types of programs – models, which provide replicable or semi-standardized solutions, adaptive initiatives, which are flexible programming strategies used to address problems that require unique, context-based solutions – require different evaluation designs.
- Evaluation of models requires understanding the stage of development of the model program, with summative evaluation done only when the model is fully developed.
- Adaptive initiatives require consideration of both the timing and scale of the initiative in determining the appropriate evaluation design.
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