CREATING AN EVALUATION PLAN: BOUNDARIES

David Basarab Posted by David Basarab.

Dave is the founder of Dave Basarab Consulting, V.A.L.E. Consulting, LLC and co-founder of The Learning Burst Academy. He is also the author of The Training Evaluation Process and Predictive Evaluation.


CREATING AN EVALUATION PLAN: BOUNDARIES

The boundaries of an evaluation generally identify what is included within the evaluation.  To identify and state the boundaries for an evaluation, it is required to clearly define items that are inside and outside of the work. All this is about defining the limits and exclusions for the evaluation. Stakeholders should review a drafted boundaries to decide whether a particular aspect should be included in the evaluation or not.

Answer this question: What are the specific items that are not within scope of the evaluation?  

Example of evaluation boundaries:

  • We will not include non-XYZ course participants.
  • We will not include participants who did not complete the course.
  • We are not doing a Level 4 Results/Impact evaluation.
  • We will not redesign the program or evaluate instructors.

Your Quality Check

  • Defines evaluation scope
  • Must be aligned with evaluation objectives
  • Are they complete?