Introducing DE Practice

Developmental evaluation does not always follow a standard sequence of activities as is common in formative and summative evaluations.  Specifically, while formative and summative evaluations often begin with a careful exploration of the context and program, followed by the creation and execution of an evaluation plan, DE might follow a less predictable path.

However, if you’re new to DE and trying to understand how to begin the work, an outline of a process that can work in many settings may be helpful. In the sections of the toolbox to follow, specific tools and approaches for all of these initial steps are explored, along with sample tools and protocols that you can adapt to your setting.