How to evaluate science, technology and innovation in a R4D context? New guidelines offer some solutions
The Evaluation Function of CGIAR would like to reopen last year’s discussion on How to evaluate science, technology and innovation in a development context? Contributions received last year were a key building block of the Evaluation Guidelines on Applying Quality of Research for Development Frame of Reference to Process and Performance Evaluations (with FAQ tab) !
In February, we organized a workshop to usher in the launch of the beta version of the Evaluation Guidelines , foster a common understanding among evaluators and subject matter experts of approaches and entry points to evaluating the quality of science (QoS) in CGIAR and in like-minded organizations, i.e. FAO, GEF and UNEP, and IDRC (see participants in Annex). The workshop allowed to draw broader lessons from assessing and evaluating QoS, and to identify opportunities to roll out and monitor the use and uptake of the Guidelines in CGIAR and beyond. First in the series of reflections from the participants is Q&A with Juha Uitto, Director of GEF evaluation office.
We would like to hear your reflections on the beta version of the Evaluation Guidelines: (make sure to read FAQs, the Spanish version to be available on 15 May)
- Do you think the Guidelines respond to the challenges of evaluating quality of science and research in process and performance evaluations?
- Are four dimensions clear and useful to break down during evaluative inquiry (Research Design, Inputs, Processes, and Outputs)? (see section 3.1)
- Would a designated quality of science (QoS) evaluation criterion capture the essence of research and development (section 3.1)?
- Do you have experience of using other evaluation criteria to evaluate interventions at the nexus of science, research, innovation and development? Please describe and cite.
- What are additional data collection and analysis methods that should be elaborated for evaluating science and research in process and performance evaluations? (see textbox 3, figure 8 and tables 5, 6 and 8)
- How can CGIAR support the roll-out of the Guidelines with the evaluation community and like-minded organizations?
Many thanks in advance!