There is no one right way to do an evaluation plan, but there are some fairly standard components to an evaluation plan. Like,
- the purpose of the evaluation
- program description
- a stakeholder assessment
- evaluation questions
- how those questions will be answered
- criteria and standards
- a communication plan
- how the evaluation will be managed ~ personnel, budget and timeline
This template from CDC is a good place to start: evaluation plan outline. And the Evaluation Toolkit created by the Pell Institute provides direction as well. But also consider whether alternative formats for evaluation plans might be more effective, like this visual evaluation plan strategy using DoView described by Paul Duigan.
Because evaluation plans are meant to clearly outline what the evaluation will focus on and how it will be done tables, charts, figures and graphics often communicate more succinctly than prose.
For example, describing the program and what it is supposed to accomplish might look like this.
The ability to capture the big picture visually is also helpful and communicates the overall plan. Here are a few examples from Bethany Laursen, which Sheila Robinson shared on Evaltalk.