Evaluation as Part of a Larger Process

Evaluation is simply one component of the policy cycle and an overall performance management framework. As an initiative is implemented, the outputs and outcomes are monitored, refined and then evaluated. Findings from the evaluation results will allow for adjusting and modifying the various outputs and outcomes of an initiative and the process gets repeated. This process is shown in the Evidence Wheel, a diagram that is part of a curriculum given by British Columbia’s Knowledge and Information Services Branch.

Evidence Wheel

Evidence Wheel

The Provincial Government Programs Office encourages participants to use evaluative thinking throughout all stages of the policy life cycle.

Policy Development Life Cycle