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Alignment Table for Report Components

Project Description

The alignment table for sound project evaluation reports can be viewed either as a whole, displaying all components, or as six separate tables corresponding to report components: (1) Executive Summary, (2) Project Description, (3) Evaluation Overview, (4) Design, (5) Analysis Process, and (6) Results & Recommendations. See the alignment table overview for a general description of what appears in the alignment tables.

The glossary and quality criteria entries for report components are also available on their own.

Component Glossary Entry Quality Criteria Related Program Evaluation Standards
Project Description

Describes the evaluated project so that the reader of the report will understand the scope of the evaluation and be able to understand the association between the project's components and its outcomes (e.g., impacts and payoff).

Project Features

Describes the project's features (e.g., philosophy, rationale, goals, objectives, strategies, activities, procedures, location, duration, resources).

The following features of the evaluated project should be clearly described:

  • project goals (both explicit and implicit) and objectives
  • principal project activities designed to achieve the goals
  • project location and implementation sites
  • project duration
  • resources used to implement the project
  • expected short-term and long-term outcomes

If more than one site is implementing a project, the evaluation should describe each site and the anticipated variation that may be expected across sites.

A1 Program Documentation
The program being evaluated should be described and documented clearly and accurately, so that the program is clearly identified.

Project Participants, Audiences, & Other Stakeholders

Identifies individuals or groups participating in, or otherwise affected by or invested in the project.

The different stakeholder groups should be identified, their relationships to the project described, and their different perspectives about the project's significance articulated.

U1 Stakeholder Identification
Persons involved in or affected by the evaluation should be identified, so that their needs can be addressed.

Project Context

Identifies external influences on the project (e.g., the timing of the project relative to other factors or events; organizational/institutional, historical, economic, political, and social conditions; demographic characteristics of project participants).

An understanding of contextual factors is necessary if an evaluation is to be realistic and responsive to the conditions within which the project operates. Contextual information is also needed to help audiences interpret the evaluation. It should be described in enough detail to enable stakeholders to understand the impact of the context on project implementation and outcomes.

A2 Context Analysis
The context in which the project exists should be examined in enough detail, so that its likely influences on the project can be identified.

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