Deciding to Evaluate During Project Design

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Date Published:
May 9, 2017
USAID Contribution
This content is currently under revision to align with the recently updated ADS 201. For guidance and support associated with revisions to ADS 201, please see the Program Cycle overview page
USAID operating units (OUs) can utilize this Flowchart to understand the evaluation requirements in ADS 201. For missions, all three evaluation requirements must be met during the duration of the mission’s CDCS. Washington OUs that manage program funds and design and implement projects as described in ADS 201.3.3 must conduct one evaluation per project. 
All OUs can go through this decision tree for each project, and revisit this chart as many times as necessary until all requirements have been met across the portfolios. Missions and Washington OUs can always conduct non-required evaluations at any time.
Please review the other resources on the Deciding to Evaluate section of the Evaluation Toolkit for assistance deciding whether to evaluate, what type of evaluation (performance or impact) to conduct, what type of evaluation team (internal or external) would be appropriate, and when the evaluation should be conducted. 
This resource was updated following the release of the revised ADS Chapter 201 on September 7, 2016.