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Table 2 The eight principles of developmental evaluation

From: Using developmental evaluation to enhance continuous reflection, learning and adaptation of an innovation platform in Australian Indigenous primary healthcare

DE principlesBrief description of DE principles
Developmental purposeThe focus is on informing and supporting an innovation in its development, thereby differentiating DE from traditional evaluation methods that seek to assess the degree to which goals/aims were achieved
Innovation nicheDE is only possible if innovation is present or if efforts are being made to institute it
Complexity perspectiveAdaptive evaluation design and processes enable the identification and analyses of emergent findings
Systems thinkingKey to DE is employing systems thinking to frame, design and address complex problems while attending to boundaries, perspectives and interrelationships
Evaluation rigourTo be credible and useful, DE needs to employ both rigorous thinking and evaluation methods
Co-creationSimultaneously developing the innovation and the evaluation with diverse stakeholders stimulates and streamlines the change process
Utilisation focusA strong utilitarian focus ensures that findings are useful for end-users
Timely feedbackIterative, progressive processes ensure that feedback is ongoing and prompt to maximise utility
  1. DE developmental evaluation. Table based on Patton et al. [7] and Patton [8].