How to Use the PYD Framework during Key Phases of Program Design and Evaluation
This section explains how to use the PYD Measurement Framework (i.e. domains, features and constructs/indicators) throughout the key phases of program design and evaluation, from defining the research questions to disseminating the evaluation findings. A case study is used through each phase to illustrate how this works with a real program example.
While we recognize the need for additional monitoring and evaluation indicators specific to sectoral outcomes, they are not the focus of this toolkit. Instead, this toolkit offers a suite of illustrative indicators focused on PYD specifically that can be applied across-sectors.
This case study follows these key phases of program design and research:
1. Define (or refine) key desired outcomes or research questions
2. Determine PYD features and beneficiaries of the program
3. Finalize the logic model
4. Decide what to measure, and how (study design and indicators)
5. Analyze the data, disseminate the findings and adapt your program
The sequence of these phases may vary depending on the availability and timing of information, and who is designing and implementing the program. For example, in some cases, a program implementer is able to define the primary outcomes of interest and the corresponding research questions; in other cases, funders define the primary outcomes and the implementer begins by selecting or designing program activities.