TABLE 3.

Pros and Cons of a Flexible Evaluation Design

ProsCons
•Is responsive to changing stakeholder needs, thereby increasing stakeholder buy-in and the likelihood findings will be used.•Can take months to get stakeholder consensus on priorities.
•Has the ability to adjust to unanticipated implementation delays to refocus on the most timely, relevant evaluation questions.•Requires carefully balancing those stakeholder inputs while remaining objective.
•May mean that evaluation teams are developing evaluation tools in parallel to prospectively tracking a process that has already started. This may undermine the planning required for intentional mixed methods approaches.