Rainbow Framework

The Rainbow Framework organizes the many different M&E methods and processes in terms of the tasks that are often undertaken in M&E. They include managing an evaluation or evaluation system, defining what is to be evaluation, framing the boundaries for an evaluation, describing activities, outcomes, impacts and context, understanding the causes of outcomes and impacts, synthesizing data from one or more evaluations, and reporting & support use of findings. The Rainbow Framework can help you plan an M&E activity by prompting you to think about each of these tasks in turn and select a combination of methods and processes (which we call ‘options’) that cover all tasks involved. You might also choose an approach, which is a pre-packaged combination of options. There are two downloadable versions of the Rainbow Framework – one only shows the tasks, and one also includes all the options (methods and processes).
 

Rainbow Framework