RE: Can we use an evidence-based, evolving Theory of Change to achieve "local learning” during project design? | Eval Forward

I very much appreciate the interest in localized project design, but consider it a real logistic challenge to obtain. The problem is related to the lead time and cost associated with bringing a project on-line so you can extensively meet and discuss the needs of the local beneficiaries. Typically from conception to contract implementation takes at least 2 years with the up-front investment of over a million US$. During this extended period most of the critical decisions are made regarding the type of innovation to be considered and staff hired to accommodate this. Thus by the time you have the opportunity for detailed discussion on needs, there is little flexibility in approach. Also, once implemented the MEL information to evaluated the program is often tilted to appease the donor as needed to secure contract extensions and future funding.

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