Blended Evaluation: How to Weave Together Frameworks to Optimize Evaluation Design

Can evaluation frameworks be successfully combined? Can Theory-Driven Evaluation be used with Appreciative Inquiry? Is it possible for Experimental Design Evaluation and Culturally Responsive Evaluation to be used in tandem? Evaluators often feel “constrained” by using just one framework, yet there is little practical guidance on how to bring multiple frameworks together.

In this course with Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead, participants will learn about framework weaving and how it relates to evaluation models, theories, approaches, and methods. They will (1) investigate various framework-weaving options, (2) explore a case study that shows how frameworks can be blended in practice, and (3) apply what they have learned to weaving frameworks together. Challenge questions we will explore throughout the course include:


  • What is framework weaving and how does it relate to existing evaluation models, theories, approaches, and methods
  • What are examples of framework weaving in practice? How do they enhance an evaluation’s quality, coherence, relevance, and usefulness? 

  • What process can you use to intentionally weave together practice frameworks? What challenges can arise and how can you address them?

This course is delivered in three interactive modules. Classes will take place online, via Zoom. Certificates of completion will be provided at the end of the course to all participants who successfully complete the three modules.

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Module 1: The Value of Blending Approaches and Frameworks

It is a globally accepted standard that evaluators should understand and be able to use different evaluation approaches and frameworks, but sometimes knowing how to effectively blend different models is challenging. In Module 1, participants will:

  • Compare use cases for different frameworks and identify the common themes that make them a success

  • Identify which frameworks complement each other and how they are grouped

  • Recognize the value of blended designs at different parts of the evaluation process/life cycle

Module 2: A Deep Dive on Blended Approaches

Evaluation practitioners often wonder whether different practice frameworks can be used together and wish they had a practical way to think about how to combine them. The exciting news is that frameworks can be combined and there are many examples to turn to for inspiration. In Module 2, participants will engage in a variety of activities to:

  • Explore a real-life example of blending frameworks through a case study

  • Practice constructing an evaluation plan that blends frameworks together

  • Begin to critically reflect on the quality of blended plans

Module 3: Applying Blended Approaches to Your Work

In Modules 1 and 2, participants develop an understanding of what is possible with blended evaluation designs and explore different examples of successful practice. However, being able to use blended frameworks requires practice. Module 3 will focus on application. Through a mix of hands-on activities and individual and small-group work, participants will:Explore a real-life example of blending frameworks through a case study

  • Draft, present, and get feedback on a blended evaluation plan for one of their evaluation projects

  •  Recognize and be able to address common challenges that arise during the blending process

  • Understand best practice in framework blending and be able to put this knowledge to use

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