Evaluating Assumptions

  • Apollo M. Nkwake


Examining the assumptions that hold a program theory together is a vital part of evaluating program outcomes. Examining implicit or explicit program assumptions facilitates understanding of program results, both intended and unintended. This chapter outlines evaluation approaches to testing program assumptions. The best time to start integrating assumptions in an evaluation is at the conceptualizing stage, when evaluation questions are being formulated. Ideally, framing the questions well will lead to methods, tools, and data that produce highly useful answers and solutions. Examining assumptions is without doubt a necessary element in the process.


Evaluating assumptions Question framing Evaluating program theory Path analysis Pattern matching Assumptions Based Comprehensive Development Evaluation Framework Evaluating the counter-theory Integrative process outcome approach 


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