Building evidence

Principle-based evaluation

Principle-based evaluation is focused on “how” the work is done and the principles that underlie and drive the work.  As many cultural-specific organizations are driven by values related to cultural affirming practices and social justice, this type of evaluation is helpful in exploring and documenting culturally specific work.

From principles, one can identify principles-driven outcomes and develop a principle-based evaluation plan.  This section is built to help you learn about the cultural specific principles in domestic violence work and develop an evaluation plan that is principle based.

What are core principles & components?

  • “Core principles” reflect the underlying values of “how” we approach the work and guide practice. In this case, our core principles are related to the culturally specific aspects of the work that community-based organizations do in the field of domestic violence.


  • “Core components” are based on core principles and include the functions and related activities necessary to achieve principle driven outcomes.

Why is it important to identify core principles & components?

  • Identifying the core principles and components that fit for your organization may help you increase your ability to make adaptations to your work that improve program fit, community engagement and community acceptance.


  • If you have a clear understanding of what your core principles and components are then you can increase your ability to measure your work, as well as replicate and adapt your work.


  • By developing your principles and components you are building on culturally specific knowledge that can impact the entire field.  You are improving the evidence in the field about what works and understanding of how it works.