A Phased Approach for Conducting Program Evaluations

To be useful, evaluations have to be sufficient rigor that they are credible. Also, they must be timely -- that is, available when needed for decisions making. One way of addressing the "timeliness" issue is through the adoption of a phased approach for the conduct and reporting of evaluations. Under this approach, studies are broken into discrete phases, each addressing and reporting formally to the client on specific evaluation issues and each laying the groundwork for the next phase.