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Evaluation Capacity Diagnostic Tool

This Evaluation Capacity Diagnostic Tool is designed to help organizations assess their readiness to take on many types of evaluation activities. It captures information on organizational context and the evaluation experience of staff and can be used in various ways. For example, the tool can pinpoint particularly strong areas of capacity as well as areas for improvement, and can also calibrate changes over time in an organization’s evaluation capacity. In addition, this diagnostic can encourage staff to brainstorm about how their organization can enhance evaluation capacity by building on existing evaluation experience and skills. Finally, the tool can serve as a precursor to evaluation activities with an external evaluation consultant.

Click here to download the Evaluation Capacity Diagnostic Tool (a fillable .xls file). Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about downloading and using the Tool.

For information on how to interpret your scores, please visit our Results page (password: informchange).


“Thank you for sharing this valuable tool. I completed it with a friend whose organization I’m familiar with… It was interesting to learn that there was still a lot to be done within the organization’s scope and stage of development in order to improve its evaluation capacity. The nice thing about this tool is that it serves as a guiding framework to show leaders exactly the areas that they need to work on.”
– Maha Al Makhamreh, Research Assistant and Graduate Student, Education, Queen’s University


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Theory of Change Reference Document

Use this theory of change reference document to begin mapping out your organization or program’s target constituencies, strategies and short- and long-term outcomes.

What is a theory of change?

A theory of change is a clear articulation of the problem an organization or program is setting out to address; the strategies it employs to address the problem; the target constituencies (organizations and/or individuals that will be reached by the strategies); and the desired short- and long-term outcomes. We accompany a theory of change with a documentation of key assumptions and contextual issues that may influence or guide the work. By listing and organizing the building blocks required to achieve a social change initiative’s long-term goals, a theory of change lays out a roadmap showing the pathways and interventions necessary to reach the intended results.

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Related resource:

Informing Change’s Theory of Change Process