- Guidance DocumentThis text, authored by Linda G. Morra Imas and Ray C. Rist, is intended as a tool for use in building development evaluation capacity. It aims to help development evaluators think about and explore the new evaluation architecture and especially to design and conduct evaluations that focus on results...
- Guidance Document
Evaluation to connect national priorities with the SDGsThis guide seeks to support evaluation commissioners, managers and professional evaluators to create tailored plans and approaches to SDG evaluation. It argues that a successful evaluation must be both built around existing national context and underpinned by the principles of the 2030 Agenda. It is...
EvalForward webinar on the revised evaluation criteria
- Guidance Document
Learning from What We KnowDespite the huge growth in volume of evaluations published by humanitarian actors, the evaluation system still struggles to provide evidence about collective performance of the humanitarian sector. Evaluation synthesis provides one option for building information about response-wide performance...
How useful are theories of change in development programmes and projects?
What is your experience with their use? What are the main added value of these theories, from your own perspective? Have theories-of-change in your view made a difference in the programmes and projects that you have evaluated, especially when compared to other planning tools like log-frames and result chains?
Information and Communication Technologies for Development EvaluationThe evolution and proliferation of Information and Communication Technologies, as well as their increasing accessibility and affordability, is having a great impact on lives, work and opportunities. This trend is being analysed in a broad range of fields, including development, where it has led to a
Using outcome-based approaches for complex evaluationI recently participated in the Outcome Mapping Leaning Community (OMLS) Winter School, which was co-hosted by the Belgium Development Agency (ENABEL).
Unintended Consequences and Trade-offs: Evaluating in the Nexus of Environment, Climate and Development
Use of synthesis and meta-analysis in development evaluationThis webinar was held on 30 October 2019 and presented the experience of different UN agencies and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) in using synthesis and meta-analysis in evaluation. It was an initiative of the Interest Group on methodologies of the UNEG (United Nations...
2019 Annual Report on Results and Impact of IFAD OperationsThe Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD is pleased to present the 2019 Annual Report on Results and Impact of IFAD Operations (ARRI). The 2019 ARRI presents a synthesis of IFAD’s performance and highlights results and systemic issues from independent evaluations conducted in 2018. The...
Webinar: Use of synthesis and meta-analysis in development evaluation
From the EvalForward Community: using synthesis and meta-analysis in development evaluationIn the past few years, there has been an increased availability of, and easiness of access by evaluators around the world to potential sources of evaluative evidence (evaluation reports, research papers, surveys) on a myriad of topics and contexts.
IFAD headquarters, Rome, Italy
Learning event: 2019 Annual Report on Results and Impact of IFAD Operations
Using synthesis and meta-analysis to make the most of evaluative evidence: what is your experience?
Evaluation synthesis and meta-analysis can help decision-makers to get a better understanding of the effectiveness of a program or policy.
What is your experience in conducting or using synthesis and meta-analysis to facilitate the uptake of knowledge?
Evaluating Priority SDGs: Nigeria moving aheadIn Nigeria, we have begun evaluation of our progress towards achievement of specific Sustainable Development Goals on which our country has decided to focus.
- Guidance Document
OED Capacity Development Evaluation FrameworkThis document serves as guidance on how the FAO Office of Evaluation can assess the processes and outcomes of FAO capacity development interventions. Although primarily targeting evaluation practitioners in FAO, the framework can be used by anyone engaged in project design, implementation and...
Evaluation and the 2030 Agenda
Supporting smallhoder agriculture: what are your experiences in using evaluation?
Please share your views and examples on improving smallholder projects with evaluation.
Evaluating sustainable development: how the 2030 Agenda can helpThis briefing looks at how the 2030 Agenda and its goals can provide a sustainable development framing for a broader range of national evaluation efforts. Key issues examined are: assessing how well national policies, programmes and projects fit with one another and across the SDGs; the value of the...
- Technical Paper
Braking the Mould. Alternative approaches to monitoring and evaluationThis paper looks at a range of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) innovations that are designed specifically to provide input to ongoing iterative decision-making and learning at the project level. It identifies three key areas for potential innovation: 1) timing of M&E data provision; 2) flexibility...
- Guidance Document
10 things to know about evaluationThis publication presents the essential 'things to know' about evaluation in 10 infographics. It was prepared by ODI's Research and Policy in Development Programme (RAPID) in support of the International Year of Evaluation 2015.
Why use facilitation in evaluation?Soft skills are essential assets for every evaluator; we all know it. What we might not realize is how far soft skills can go in supporting the evaluation process increasing its effectiveness and ultimately enhancing the evaluation use.
After Action Review
What is the purpose of After Action Review and how can it be linked to an evaluation?
From the EvalForward Community: What can evaluation do in terms of capacity development?The learning benefits of evaluations can go a long way in in developing capacities. EvalForward recently hosted a discussion on the connection between evaluation and capacity development.
Dissemination of decentralized evaluation results through an innovative and participatory approach: drawingsWhen communicating with rural communities with their own dialect, WFP Colombia gets creative, with pens, paint and paper.
Evaluation and Complexity in the SDGs era - Part 2
Evaluation for Agenda 2030Edited by the International Development Evaluation Association - IDEAS, this book presents an authoritative overview of the role of evaluation in generating evidence for informed decision making and learning to advance sustainable development. Agenda 2030 includes the Sustainable Development Goals...
Johannesburg, South Africa
DEPTA - Development Evaluation Training Programme in Africa
What can evaluations do in terms of capacity development?
We are looking for practical examples of evaluations that helped developing capacities of evaluands and other actors, including beneficiaries. If you carried out participatory evaluations, did those lead to any clear development of capacities (even soft skills?) And did you evaluate the capacity development component of the evaluation itself?
New Delhi, India
Evaluating Social Programmes
Training workshop on Outcome Harvesting for Complex Development Programmes
PRiME Impact Evaluation Course
Using qualitative evidence to inform decisions in the SDG era: new frontiers and innovations
Is this really an output? Addressing terminology differences between evaluators and project managers
Did you experience challenges due to differences in the use of terminology between people who planned the project and evaluators when doing evaluations? And if you did, how did you handle them?
IPDET - International Program for Development Evaluation Training
The evaluation is for you. Increasing evaluation utilization and ownership through stakeholder engagement...
Who teaches and learns in an evaluation?
THEORY OF CHANGE – food for thoughtOur office, the Office of Evaluation of FAO, will hold its learning week next month, and the main focus will be on the Theory of Change. So I thought it would be a right time to share my thoughts on this topic.
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Revisiting independence, objectivity and the critically reflective role of evaluation for the SDG eraThe Wilton Park event on Revisiting independence, objectivity, and the critically reflective role of evaluation for the SDG era took place from 25 to 27 June in West Sussex, UK. The purpose of this dialogue was to enable a high level, practical but informal debate, addressing conceptual and...
- Event Proceedings
People, Planet and Progress in the SDG EraThe Independent Evaluation Office and the Government of Turkey co-hosted the 2017 International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) in Istanbul, in collaboration with the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS and the European Evaluation Society (EES). The theme of the conference was...
How to Measure the Impact of Monitoring and Evaluation Work
I am trying to think how best we can measure the impact of monitoring and evaluation work and would be grateful if you could share your experience and ideas with me.
What is your take on how to measure the impact or changes that are informed by the monitoring and evaluation?
From the EvalForward Community: what are your evaluation challenges?The latest discussion in the EVAL-ForwARD CoP covered challenges that evaluations encounter in the agriculture, rural development and food security sectors and beyond. Here is a summary of the issues emerging and ways forward suggested.
Challenges of evaluation
What constraints do you encounter during the different evaluations of programs and interventions on rural development, agriculture and food security? How do you get around them? And which are the ones you cannot get around?
What is developmental evaluation and how does it differ from other program evaluation approaches?
What works in improving food security and nutrition in very poor communities?
I would be interested in examples from your evaluation experience of projects that have been successful in improving food security, and in particular food access, in extremely poor communities: could you please share them?
Gender and evaluation of food security
How to properly take charge of the "gender" theme during evaluations of food security projects and programs or sustainable agriculture? Is it enough to simply associate women to different activities carried out in projects / programs as it is often practice to say that one is gender-sensitive? What are the general and specific evaluation criteria that can be put forward without creating controversy?