program evaluations

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Synonyms: project evaluations, intervention evaluations

Program evaluation is the rigorous, scientifically-based collection of information about program/intervention activities, characteristics, and outcomes that determine the merit or worth of the program/intervention. Evaluation studies provide credible information for use in improving programs/interventions, identifying lessons learned, and informing decisions about future resource allocation. ((Glossary Monitoring and Evaluation Terms; MERG Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group and UNAIDS)

Related terms:
adaptation monitoring and evaluationIn the context of adaptation to climate change, effectiveness, equity and efficiency of adaptation interventions is of great importance. M&E is essential to ensure that the prospective benefits of interventions are being released and to help improve the design of future interventions., evaluative activities, logframesA logframe is an approach to project planning, monitoring and evaluation. The logframe matrix is developed during project design and continuously updated throughout implementation. Finally it is an essential resource for evaluation., models to evaluate policy measures

Broader terms:
evaluation stage

Narrower terms:
evaluation criteria, data collection, data analysis, evaluating for results, focus groups, project appraisals, project variables, triangulationTriangulation is the analysis of data from three or more sources obtained by different methods. Findings can be corroborated, and the weakness or bias of any of the methods or data sources can be compensated for by the strengths of another, thereby increasing the validity and reliability of the ..., internal evaluationsAn internal evaluation is an evaluation of an intervention conducted by a unit and/or individuals who report to the management of the organization responsible for the financial support, design and/or implementation of the intervention. (Glossary Monitoring and Evaluation Terms; MERG Monitoring & ..., internal program evaluations, project evaluation utility, evaluation validityValidity is the extent to which a measurement or test accurately measures what is intended to be measured. (Glossary Monitoring and Evaluation Terms; MERG Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group and UNAIDS), program findingsProgram findings are factual statements based on evidence from one or more evaluations. (Glossary Monitoring and Evaluation Terms; MERG Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group and UNAIDS), program evaluabilityProgram evaluability—extent to which an intervention or program/intervention can be evaluated in a reliable and credible fashion. (Glossary Monitoring and Evaluation Terms; MERG Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group and UNAIDS)Program evaluability?extent to which an intervention or ..., GHG protocol for project accountingThe Project Protocol is the most comprehensive, policy-neutral accounting tool for quantifying the greenhouse gas benefits of climate change mitigation projects. It is the culmination of a unique four-year dialogue among business, environmental, and government experts led by WRI and the World ...

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