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Evaluation Design Matrix Templates


The evaluation design matrix is an essential tool for planning and organizing an evaluation. It is simply a table with one row for each evaluation question and columns that address evaluation design issues such as data collection methods, data sources, analysis methods, criteria for comparisons, etc. The design matrix links each evaluation question to the means for answering that question.

For more information on how to use an evaluation design matrix, please see the Introduction to Design Matrices, which includes PDFs of three templates. While there is no single format for a design matrix, three templates are provided in Microsoft Word:

  • Design Matrix Template 1 (Simple version)

  • Design Matrix Template 2 (GAO adapted version)

  • Design Matrix Template 3 (Morra Imas and Risk version)

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