Rapid Evaluation Approaches for Complex Initiatives. II. Review of Rapid Evaluation Approaches


There are numerous rapid methods for evaluating program, system, and organizational change. Each approach was developed to address particular problems or improve certain kinds of practices. However, they have often been adopted for universal use without consideration of the circumstances for which they were originally created. This section provides a brief overview of a sample of the better known rapid evaluation approaches that are often used in HHS studies, focusing on their purposes, methods, and uses. This is not a comprehensive description of every method; the overview is intended to provide a context of current evaluation practices for the comparative framework presented later in the paper.

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