Evaluation Glossary

Formative Evaluation

Evaluation intended to improve performance, most often conducted during the implementation phase of projects or programs. Formative evaluations may also be conducted for other reasons such as compliance, legal requirements or as part of a larger evaluation initiative.


Development Assistance Committee. (2002). Glossary of key terms in evaluation and results-based management. Paris, France: OECD.

Related Terms

Implementation Evaluation
Performance Evaluation
Process Evaluation
Mid-term Evaluation