Module 4: Understanding the Evaluation Context and the Program Theory of Change

This module is the first of two modules that examines evaluation planning. This module is about the front end of an evaluation- how to start. An evaluation that begins with a well-planned design is more likely to be completed on time and on budget and to meet the needs of the client and other stakeholders. A front-end analysis investigates and identifies lessons from the past, confirms or casts doubt on the theory behind the program, and sets the context influencing the program.

This module has three main parts:

  • Front-End Analysis
  • Identifying the Main Client and Key Stakeholders
  • Constructing, Using and Assessing the Theory of Change