Rapid Evaluation Approaches for Complex Initiatives. III. Rapid Evaluation Comparative Framework


It can be a challenge to identify which rapid evaluation methods are best suited for particular HHS studies. To allow for easier comparison of different rapid evaluation approaches, this framework identifies ten points of comparison: the intervention’s (1) situational dynamics; (2) complexity; (3) governance structure; (4) scale of outcomes, (5) theory of change; (6) execution strategy; (7) sequence, scale, and timing of expected results; (8) evaluation purpose; (9) reporting and use of evaluation findings; and (10) evaluation methods. This section presents the details of this comparative framework for projects at 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 health initiatives.

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