How Principles-focused Evaluation Balances Some Evaluation Trade-offs

by Oct 28, 2019

Although I have never had the chance to use it, I am very interested in Patton’s new-ish approach Principles-Focused Evaluation, as moving from unflexible indicators to orientative principles resonates very much with me.

So I have been meaning to use my dear tensiometers (visual tool I use very often to explain things where there are trade-offs – Example 1, Example 2) to visually see the new possibilities this approach offers.

Greatly simplifying (probably oversimplifying) the rest of approaches, calling them “Traditional Evaluation” on the left-hand side of the graph, and depicting what I understand the dimensions of “Principles-Focused Evaluation” are at the right, we can see the differences:

I will keep this approach in mind to introduce it as part my toolkit and try it as soon as a good opportunity appears.

Awaiting for potential feedback because I think it could be a bit fine-tuned. But in the meantime, thanks M.Q. Patton for this simple but refreshing and useful approach. 🙂

New posts coming up:

(published every two weeks-ish 🙂 )

  • ToCs series
  • Visual summary of impact designs
  • Visual summaries of other criteria designs
  • Ideas to make Bibliographies more informative
  • Ways of mapping beneficiaries
  • My favorite pre-attentive features
  • Ideas for reports (series)
  • Some day: iterations with the Periodic Table of Evaluation

And more!

Stay tuned! 🙂

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