Types of evaluation

There are many different types of evaluation that can be used to evaluate prevention of violence against women and gender equity work. Depending on the scale of the projects or programs that are being implemented consider whether the evaluation will focus solely on one type of evaluation, or use a combination of them.

The main types of evaluation are:

  • Process evaluation - examines the way in which a project or program was implemented. For example, what worked well, what didn't work and what could be done differently next time.

  • Formative evaluation - evaluation that usually takes place before a project or in the early days of an initiative or program. Examples include, needs assessment, proactive and clarificative evaluation.

  • Summative evaluation - a method of assessing the effectiveness of the program at the end of the program activities. For example, when assessing whether to modify or continue a program.

  • Impact evaluation - examines the immediate and short term outcomes of a project or program. For example, whether the program achieved what it set out to achieve.

  • Outcome evaluation - is conducted to determine whether the long term goals of an initiative have been achieved. It specifically looks at whether there has been lasting change as a result of an initiative.