7. Decide on piloting or full roll-out outcome evaluation

See screenshot below

7. Determine overall evaluation scheme

Work out your overall evaluation scheme. This is the overall way you are going to set up your evaluation work. In Easy Outcomes you chose between two major overall evaluation schemes. 

1. Doing outcome evaluation on the whole program

2. Just doing outcome evaluation on a pilot and then making sure that the program's applying the best practice learnt in the pilot

The screenshot shows the two different approaches to your overall monitoring and evaluation scheme. In the case of the party you would almost certainly chose the first scheme as it would cost too much to evaluate the outcomes of all of the parties that you may run in the future. After you've done the evaluation set out in this example, from then on you'd just make sure that the best practice you'd learnt from this piloting stage was being applied to future parties. This scheme is used in numerous situations where it is inappropriate, not feasible or too expensive to do outcome evaluation - for instance most of individual medical treatment uses this approach. Attributable indicators are monitored (e.g. patient attendance and sometimes treatment compliance) but no attempt is made to actually establish that any improvement in the patient can actually be attributed to the treatment (as opposed to other factors like placebo or time). Some more information on the two different schemes is available from the Systematic Outcomes Analysis site.

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