This is an entry that complements the Measuring What Matters toolkit which you can find here: https://info.copronet.wales/measuring-what-matters/
Measuring What Matters online tool result: code EFJ
You want to adopt an observational or experimental approach, to a formative or process evaluation, and want to commit time and resources to gathering rich and detailed evidence.
Participatory approaches: Involve the stakeholders of a programme or policy in the evaluation process. (Source: Better Evaluation)
Co-productive approaches: Share power and responsibility with stakeholders working together in equal, reciprocal and caring relationships. (Source: Co-production Network for Wales)
Qualitative approaches: Focus on the quality of an activity (often feelings and subjective opinions) as opposed to quantity (objective facts and figures).
Consultative approaches: Invite people to share their experiences through some kind of formal and structured process.
Observational approaches: Involve direct observation of people in their typical environment or activity, whilst causing minimal disturbance to that environment or activity.
Experimental approaches: Investigate cause and effect by manipulating aspects of an environment or activity (variables) in a repeatable way with carefully controlled conditions.
Formative Evaluations: Assess the feasibility and potential of a programme, policy or intervention.
Process Evaluations: Assess how effectively a programme, policy or intervention is being, or has been, implemented.
Outcome Evaluations: Assess the extent to which a programme, policy or intervention has achieved its planned outcomes.
Impact Evaluations: Explore and assess longer-term effects, intended or otherwise, of a programme, policy or intervention.
Economic Evaluations: Assess a programme’s or intervention’s value for money.
Data collection methods
Time: moderate / Cost: moderate
Realist Evaluation is a theory-driven approach which considers the context in which a project takes places, to understand what works for whom, where and why. It is a ‘method-neutral’ approach to evaluation which is used in conjunction with any data collection method/s.
Realist Evaluation features in Better Evaluation’s ‘Rainbow Framework’ and more information can be found of their website.