Alignment Table for Report
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
The glossary and
quality criteria entries for
report components are also available on their own.
||Related Program Evaluation Standards
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
Describes the project's features (e.g., philosophy,
objectives, strategies, activities,
procedures, location, duration, resources).
The following features of the evaluated project
should be clearly described:
goals (both explicit and implicit) and
- principal project activities designed to achieve
- 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
A1 Program Documentation
The program being evaluated should be described and
documented clearly and accurately, so that the program
is clearly identified.
Identifies individuals or groups participating in, or
otherwise affected by or invested in the project.
stakeholder groups should be
identified, their relationships to the project
described, and their different perspectives about the
project's significance articulated.
Persons involved in or affected by the evaluation
should be identified, so that their needs can be
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
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
interpret the evaluation. It should
be described in enough detail to enable
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.