6 Reasons You Need Tricycle




Program Development

Research best practices and interventions in community context (e.g., What’s in place already and what’s needed? What are the barriers and catalysts to entry? What’s the context in which programs will be implemented? What else has been tried, and did it succeed—why and how?)

Help roll out the program (e.g., strategize what and where to pilot, determine necessary staff recruitment, assist with training, guide creation of program manuals and related materials)

Establish systems and structures for the focused collection, analysis, and reporting of implementation data that will also inform later evaluation work.


Program Expansion

Examine new contexts in which work should/will take place

Identify components necessary to replicate results in other settings

Assess costs/benefits of expanding or replicating intervention

Determine need for modifications

Evaluate need for additional staff training and resources

Provide training, materials development, and data collection and analysis in conjunction with staff


Improving Implementation

Develop strategy, metrics, and protocols to track dose, fidelity, and quality of implementation

Build capacity of staff to carry out programmatic work

Assess alignment of stated strategies and real-world efforts

Identify strengths and weaknesses of program efforts, opportunities for innovation, barriers to progress, beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of implementation, and additional levers of change

Refine intervention components and develop secondary strategies to address issues and opportunities



Evaluation of Implementation and Outcomes

Document implementation process (including services delivered and means of delivery, beneficiaries of services, constituent interactions with services, resources required for implementation, logistical challenges and resolutions, modifications and adaptations, and innovations)

Assess organization’s capacity to deliver promised outcomes

Determine what constitutes a program’s success

Enhance understanding of program’s/strategies’ value

Assess key stakeholders’ experiences and perceptions of program

Illustrate how program outcomes were achieved


Working with Shefali Trivedi was one of my best professional experiences. In her work she consistently demonstrated a commitment to high standards and a dedication to creating tools and products that were both useful and informative to the organization, program staff, and the the schools we served. At a time when many organizations perform evaluation for evaluation’s sake, Shefali would advocate to design evaluations that provided useful and accessible feedback and that created opportunities for real program improvement. Her creative and relatable approach to research and evaluation work helped move our understanding of program impact and informed staff training.
— Katje King, Director, Strategic Implementation and Evaluation, PENCIL