By: Margaret B. Hargreaves – Mathematica Policy Research
This paper presents a comparative framework of rapid evaluation methods for projects of three levels of complexity: quality improvement methods for simple process improvement projects; rapid cycle evaluations for complicated organizational change programs, and systems-based rapid feedback methods for large-scale systems change or population change initiatives. The paper provides an example of each type of rapid evaluation and ends with a discussion of rapid evaluation principles appropriate for any level of complexity. The comparative framework is designed as a heuristic tool rather than a prescriptive how-to manual for assigning rapid evaluation methods to different projects.
This report was prepared by Mathematica Policy Research, under contract to the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. The findings and conclusions of this report are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of ASPE or HHS.