- 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...
- Guidance Document
Revised OECD DAC evaluation criteriaThe document "Better criteria for better evaluation" describes how the OECD DAC Network on Development Evaluation (EvalNet) revisited the definitions and use of the OECD DAC evaluation criteria in 2018-2019. It lays out adapted definitions for relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and...
In evaluation, there is no substitute for good listening skillsWe spoke to WFP evaluation team leader Nick Maunder about leadership challenges, engaging affected populations in evaluations and the personal rewards of working in the humanitarian-development sector.
Youth in agriculture: what lessons can we draw from evaluations?
For agriculture to grow and innovate we need young people to engage. However, the average age of agriculture workers is increasing.
What can evaluation tell us on the rising age in agriculture work and on how to address this issue?
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
IFAD headquarters, Rome, Italy
Learning event: 2019 Annual Report on Results and Impact of IFAD Operations
EVALUATION FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGESince 2015, the world has shown great enthusiasm for the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.However, after more than four years since the launch of the Agenda, there are at least two threatening challenges for sustainable development. This report not only looks at challenges ahead but also uses...
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.
- 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...
Fail Better, Fail Forward – How learning organizations learn from their mistakesThe digital economy has revolutionized business models in a way that was inconceivable just a few years earlier.
WFP Annual Evaluation Report 2018WFP annual evaluation report explains the purpose of evaluation and how it is evolving in line with WFP’s strategic direction and trends in WFP’s operating environment, providing an overview of centralized and decentralized evaluations completed, conducted and planned in the period 2018 to 2019. In...
- 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.
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?
From the EvalForward Community: Is this really an output?As an evaluator, I often face situations in which results, labelled as outputs in project documents, really represent changes in the lives of beneficiaries rather than deliverables under project control. Evaluation handbooks often use the latter definition of “output” and offer standard evaluation
PRiME Impact Evaluation Course
- Guidance Document
Checklist for Evaluation Recommendations by Osvaldo FeinsteinThe purpose of this checklist is to guide the process of formulating and delivering evaluation recommendations. It is oriented to evaluators conducting evaluations, but may also be used by commissioners and/or managers of evaluation to help them clarify their expectations concerning recommendations...
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?
Designing Robust M&E Systems: Blending in Tools and Approaches for Performance ManagementThis document was shared with EVAL-ForwARD by Zahid Shabbir, M&E professional/trainer from Pakistan. It provides an overview of the key features of M&E systems.
What about stakeholders? Evaluation of social protection programs.
Have you ever been involved in the evaluation of social protection programs? What is the approach to assessing such programs?
What are the key elements that any expert would be looking for in social protection activities/programs?
- Event Proceedings
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?
The issues facing global agriculture
What aspects should always be included in evaluation Terms of Reference of agriculture-based interventions?
What is developmental evaluation and how does it differ from other program evaluation approaches?