One result of the Covid pandemic has been to make travel more difficult or often impossible. Consequently, more of the evaluation load is likely to have shifted from visiting international teams to local specialists. This change in the balance of responsibility for evaluation between foreign experts and local staff might prove to be one positive outcome of an otherwise tragic situation.
It would be very interesting to hear any success stories or at least experience as a result of these changes, including the following aspects:
- How is this shift in responsibility being managed? What institutions are involved – government, universities, NGOs, private consultancy companies or individuals?
- How far is this responsibility being taken? Is it still confined to data collection and analysis, or does it include greater responsibility in the management of the evaluation ?
- How is this work being financed? Are costs being borne solely by governments or are donors contributing with funds previously allocated for donor staff or consultants?
- What are the difficulties met? (i) lack of trained staff; (ii) lack of funding; (iii) problems of peer pressure leading to optimistic reporting; or (iv) other problems?
It would be great to hear the feedback of both evaluation commissioners or managers and of the national evaluators involved.
Any information on the role of universities or agricultural colleges in this situation would be of particular interest.