Improved evaluation capacities can benefit either the programmes evaluated, leading to better future planning and actions; or the evaluative thinking, methods and tools.
Participants to this discussion highlighted that some evaluation practices are more conducive to developing capacity than others. Participatory approaches in particular can potentially multiply the contribution to capacities of people involved in the process.
Below is an overview on main points of the discussion:
Evaluation and capacity development
- Evaluation is first and foremost a learning process that involves the evaluators as well as the ‘evaluand’ stakeholders.
- Learning is one of the most influential factors for the long-term