Rapid Evaluation Approaches for Complex Initiatives

Rapid Evaluation Approaches for Complex Initiatives

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Published: Mar 31, 2014
Publisher: Cambridge, MA: Mathematica Policy Research

Margaret B. Hargreaves

This paper addresses the challenges of conducting rapid evaluations in widely varying circumstances, from small-scale process improvement projects to complex, system transformation initiatives. Rapid approaches designed to evaluate projects at lower levels of complexity do not take into account the inter-organizational aspects of more complex initiatives, especially those designed to build capacity and integrate activities across organizations, sectors, and levels. Providing a framework that recognizes key differences in the scope and complexity of interventions helps to advance implementation science beyond a program-centric focus on process and organizational improvements to encompass a whole systems approach.

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