Balancing act: a guide to proportionate evaluation

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Kazimirski, Anne; Harrison-Evans, Peter; Mcleod, Rosie
New Philanthropy Capital
Date of publication
21 January 2016
Social Policy
Social welfare
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This paper takes a broad focus on evaluation (which includes impact measurement as well as other forms of evaluation) and addresses wider questions that charities may ask when thinking about evaluation design.

The main components of the paper are:

  • An introduction to the main types of evaluation, exploring the role of evidence standards in assessing evaluation design.
  • An outline of the key considerations to inform your decisions about the type and level of evidence that is appropriate for you.
  • A guidance table which links evidence needs and research questions to methodological options that accommodate different situations and budgets.