Evaluation analysis tools
The following information on evaluation analysis tools provides a brief description of some of the tools that may be useful for different types of evaluations. The list is intended as a starting guide and is not exhaustive. The specific analysis tools to use will depend on the evaluation in question.
For ease of use, the evaluation tools have been broadly categorised, although there is a large amount of overlap between the categories. They are downloadable as pdf files below.
Participatory tools (08645participtools.pdf; 29 KB) are group decision-making and communication tools. These are often employed where information on stakeholder values and needs is required.
Creative thinking (and problem framing) tools (08646creativethinktools.pdf; 24 KB) are used to facilitate the development of new or innovative ideas and ensure that as many aspects of an issue as possible are considered. This includes collection or recognition of existing information and using it to infer conditions in a different area or issue. This information is often used as the starting point for understanding a problem or matter.
Economic tools (08647econtools.pdf; 18 KB) are most often used for analysis of financial information but are becoming more common in assessing resource outcomes against investment.
Models and decision support tools (08648modeltools.pdf; 20 KB) are computer tools which help visualise potential outcomes, prioritise actions or record information.
Project and program analysis tools (08649projectools.pdf; 26 KB) are methods for bringing information together to evaluate delivery of a project or program. They can be used at any time during a project or program but are most often used following their completion.
Page last updated: 27 February 2011