What evidence is available? What action is required? What caveats do I need to put on the findings?
An approach designed to quickly and systematically conduct an evaluation when time or resources are limited.
The common feature of this approach is the expedited implementation timeframes, which generally range from 10 days to 6 months, for situations where a short‑term or immediate outcome is expected, or a quick decision is required.
These methods have been used in multiple settings including public health, emergency management, international development and agriculture as a way to deliver program evaluation findings quickly to inform decision making, for example in a public health crisis where improvement in infection control is expected to happen within a short timeframe.
Type of evaluation/other terms
Real time evaluations, rapid feedback evaluation, rapid evaluation methods, rapid‑cycle evaluation, rapid appraisal.
Decision‑makers (that is, government, responsible ministers, accountable authorities, and senior managers) will determine when a rapid evaluation is required to support urgent action, decision‑making and accountability.
For more information, visit Better Evaluation's Rapid Evaluation