1.5. What evaluations will be required in the first 5 years of the program?

While there are many different types of evaluation, the Program evaluation framework is based on three main types of evaluation, linked to the program lifecycle:

  1. Process evaluation: was the program implemented as expected? (Approximate timing ≤18 months.)
  2. Outcomes evaluation: are the desired outcomes being achieved or on track to be achieved within the agreed timeframe? (Approximate timing >2 years.)
  3. Impact evaluation: did the program influence the achievement of the desired outcomes, and was it value for money? (Approximate timing >3<5 years.)

Table 6 should list the evaluations required for the first five years of the program. All programs require a process evaluation within 18 months of commencement. The timing and need for an outcome and/or impact evaluation will depend the program’s cost, strategic significance and degree of risk. As a general guide, only programs that are a high strategic priority would require all three evaluation types. Further guidance on evaluation types is at section 2.5.3: Types of evaluation, and section 2.6: Budget and resourcing has guidance on estimating the budget for evaluations.

Table 6. What evaluations will be required in the first 5 years of the program?

Evaluation type



Estimated cost*







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