A developmental evaluation primer

Author: Gamble, JAA, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation (2008)
Publication Date: 2008

Gamble, JAA, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, (2008). A developmental evaluation primer.


This primer from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation was the first resource to provide concrete guidance for implementing developmental evaluation (DE). While published over 10 years ago when DE was an emerging discipline, the content remains relevant, and includes practical direction on when to use it, necessary conditions, skills and capacities, as well as some useful tools.

Potential use

This foundational resource provides a good orientation for those new to developmental evaluation; it’s an easy to read resource that provides useful insights into what DE is, and when you would use it. It also provides a helpful comparison of traditional evaluation and DE approaches that can help to orient stakeholders to understand the unique niche for DE.

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