III-c Principles-Focused Evaluation
Principles-focused evaluation treats principles as the intervention and unit of analysis and designs an evaluation to assess both adherence to and consequences of principles. It is a specific approach to development evaluation for principles-based initiatives in complex dynamic systems. This workshop will be the worldwide premier of principles-focused evaluation training based on Patton’s new book Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE. Participants will receive a copy of the book. Specific examples and methods will be part of the training.
High quality principles provide guidance for action, are useful for program decision-making and harvesting outcomes, are inspirational, can be adapted to diverse contexts and situations, and can be evaluated. Principles-focused evaluation determines if a principle is meaningful to those intended to follow it; if so, if the principle is adhered to in practice; and, if so, whether it supports achievement of desired results.
Participants will learn:
• What constitutes a principle that can be evaluated
• What are the characteristics of a principles-based intervention
• How and why principles should be evaluated
• Different kinds of principles-focused evaluation
• The relationship between complexity and principles
• Methods, rubrics, and checklists for evaluating principles
• What constitutes evidence-based principles