The evaluation community has emphasized the significant role of evaluation in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a recent UN Resolution advocates for the integration of evaluation in countries Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). But what are the concrete practices?
How and why do Communities of Practice for Evaluators deliver? The case of EvalForward
A study on the status of M&E practices on SDGs in selected countries in the Asia Pacific RegionThis study was initiated by the Using Evaluation to Report on the SDGs Thematic Group primarily to determine the status of M&E practices for SDG implementation among countries in the Asia Pacific Region. Specifically, the study sought to answer the following research questions: What are the...
Independent Review of EvalForward Community of PracticeEvalForward was developed with the purpose to Improve national capacities in conducting or using evaluations related to agriculture, rural development and food security through the establishment of an international network (built around an interactive online platform) open to evaluators, development...
UNGA Resolution: Strengthening Voluntary National Reviews through Country-led EvaluationThe United Nations General Assembly Resolution on Strengthening Voluntary National Reviews through Country-led Evaluation was adopted during the 69 th plenary meeting of the seventy-seventh General Assembly on 26 April 2023. This milestone for evaluation follows two years of deliberate advocacy...
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Supporting Evaluation Capacity Development - Tips for Capacity-friendly evaluation in development agenciesThis tip sheet from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) draws on Network experience in capacity development and joint evaluation to provide some basic “tips” to advise managers and evaluators in development agencies on how best to support evaluation capacity development...
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How to? Practical tips for supporting evaluation capacity and systems in partner countriesThis brief has been prepared by the Development Evaluation Unit of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and published in March 2023. The purpose of this brief is to raise awareness on the topic and illustrate ways in which evaluations funded by the Ministry can strengthen local evaluation...
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Proceedings from the 2022 National Evaluation Capacities ConferenceThe 2022 National Evaluation Capacities conference (Turin, October 2022) brought 300 participants together from over 100 countries to discuss ‘Resilient National Evaluation Systems for Sustainable Development’. The conference took stock of national evaluation capacities following the COVID-19...
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Strengthening and measuring monitoring and evaluation capacity in selected African programmesThis article aims to improve the effectiveness and impact of these capacity strengthening initiatives across Africa. The study adopted a qualitative research approach, specifically using semi-structured interviews to gain an in-depth understanding of capacity-strengthening approaches and how...
How Can Governments Leverage Policy Evaluation to Improve Evidence Informed Policy Making?This OEC report provides a broad analysis across 42 countries of the institutionalisation of policy evaluation, its quality and use. This systemic perspective allows for a full discussion of how evaluation can contribute to the policy cycle, as well as an overview of the policy tools that rely upon...
Monitoring and evaluation in the agriculture and rural development sectors ‒ reflections on the NEC Conference
A Study on the Status of National Evaluation Policies and Systems in Asia Pacific Region 2022This study document on the Status of National Evaluation Policies and Systems in the Asia Pacific Region in 2022 is based on a survey carried out by the Asia Pacific Evaluation Association every year. The 2022 survey focuses on dimension of enabling environment, institutional capacities...
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Grounding evaluation capacity development in systems theoryWhile “systemic thinking” is popular in the context of capacity development and evaluation, there is currently a lack of understanding about the benefits to employing systems theory in evaluation capacity development. Systems theory provides a useful orientation to the work involved in complex...
The Institutionalisation of Evaluation in EuropeThis book is the first of a series on the institutionalisation of evaluation from a global perspective. This book focuses on the instiutionalisation of evaluation in twelve European countries.
The Institutionalisation of Evaluation in the AmericasThis book is the second one in the Studies in the Institutionalization of Evaluation-series with the goal of examining the institutionalisation of evaluation viewed from a global perspective.
Innovating in monitoring and evaluation to better respond to the needs of decision-makers at national levelFacing new challenges in the field of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) requires innovation.
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Stratégies de renforcement des capacités et institutionnalisation de l’évaluation dans l’administration publique en Afrique francophoneCette synthèse publiée par le Réseau Francophone de l'Evaluation et rédigée par Jannick Christelle N’gbéché (ENAP - Québec), porte sur les déterminants de l’émergence de la pratique de l’évaluation et s’interroge sur les facteurs facilitants et les contraintes à l’institutionnalisation de l...
Emerging evaluator programme shows that sustainable capacity development initiatives are possible
United Nations contributions to national evaluation capacity development and the evolution of national evaluation systemsThis Report provides a review of the progress on the implementation of the UN General Assembly Resolution 69/237 on building national evaluation capacities and identifies areas for improvement. It includes a shared definition and theory of change for NECD, and builds on six case studies of national...
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How to Establish a National Evaluation SystemThis guideline seeks to help countries who are thinking of establishing a national evaluation system (NES) and suggests the minimum requirements for doing so. At present in Africa there are three countries with established NESs, Benin, Uganda and South Africa. These systems are outlined in Goldman...
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Establishing a National Monitoring and Evaluation PolicyTwende Mbele has developed a guideline on establishing a national monitoring and evaluation policy (NMEP) or evaluation policy (NEP), targeting the M&E champions in government, as well as their supporters in the wider M&E ecosystem. The Purpose of the guideline is to provide practical guidance for...
Connecting data and research to policies to transform the agricultural sector: the EPA ForumFrom 2 to 3 December 2021, the Evidences - Policies - Actions (EPA) Forum had its second edition, organised in a hybrid format under the theme "Connecting data and research to policies to transform the agricultural sector in Benin". Over the two days, public sector officials, researchers
Adapting evaluations to the needs of decision-makers: the case of BeninSelf-evaluation and internal evaluation. One of the lessons shared during the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) session on national evaluation capacity development at the Forum International Francophone de l’Evaluation (FIFE) in December 2021 and outlined in a recent blog post in EvalForward is
The proof of the pudding is in the eating: five lessons for developing national evaluation capacityCountries’ capacity to evaluate development programmes is key to supporting the real ownership of development outcomes and to strengthening the role that evidence plays in decision-making.
A Study on the Status of National Evaluation Policies and Systems in Asia Pacific Region 2021This study by the Asia Pacific Evaluation Association (APEA) presents an overview on the status of the national evaluation policies and systems in the Asia Pacific Region. It is based on a survey which examined the the dimensions of an evaluation system, such as enabling environment, institutional...
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Programme international de formation en évaluation du développement (PIFED) à distance
National ownership paramount – 5 lessons from a country-led impact evaluation in PeruThree years ago, the Government of Peru embarked on a school feeding impact evaluation of its Qali Warma programme. This journey presents a good practice example of how national evaluation capacity can be built through technical advice to a country-led evaluation.
Supporting countries to accelerate progress towards the SDGs: an undeniable priority
Using Evidence in Policy and Practice – Lessons from AfricaThis book, edited by Ian Goldman and Mine Pabari, explores how governments in Africa can use evidence to improve their policies and programmes, and ultimately, to achieve positive change for their citizens. Looking at different evidence sources across a range of contexts, the book brings policy...
M&E capacity-strengthening approaches and measurement in AfricaThis research report by CLEAR provides an overview of National Evaluation Capacity Development (NECD) across selected Anglophone African countries and provides recommendations on how to strengthen national evaluation capacities.
- Is evaluation present in your country, and in the agriculture sector specifically? Please share your experience and suggestions on how to move evaluation systems forward.
Note on the review of monitoring and evaluation capacities in the agriculture sectorThis brief summarizes the main results of the Review of monitoring and evaluation capacities in the agriculture sector carried out by the Office of Evaluaution of FAO with EvalForward. The study aimed at clarifying monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities, capacities and dynamics taking place in...
EVALUATION LANDSCAPE IN AFRICAThis book explores the discourse on evaluation in Africa and answers these questions: What is the purpose of evaluation in the region, based on the evaluations currently being conducted? What is the professional background of evaluators in Africa? What methods are used in evaluations in the region...
Country Led National Evaluation: experiences and challenges from Sri Lanka and other countries
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Embedding Evaluation in Voluntary National Reviews in Africa: A GuideThis guide is a result of a partnership between UNICEF's Evaluation Office and CLEAR Anglophone Africa
e-Panel on Leadership and RBM in the African Agricultural SectorThis e-Panel was held on 6 May 2020 by AVANTI and EvalForward . Experts from Benin, Ghana and South Africa discussed on the importance of leadership and results-based management (RBM) in the African agricultural sector. Among factors mentioned that appear to be crucial for building a culture of...
How to improve results in the agriculture sector: A discussion on leadership and RBM at the national level
Using Evidence in Policy and Practice – Lessons from Africa
- Are evaluation and monitoring mutually exclusive practices, or are they complementary and both necessary for assessing and correcting the performance of a development action?
Evaluation practice in Africa: key trends in the landscapeEvaluation trends and dynamics have an influence on our work as evaluators. But what exactly are those dynamics?
Evaluation in the Agriculture sector: what do we know about countries’ capacities?Evaluation and, more generally, Results-Based Management (RBM) are amongst the best-known instruments to strengthen accountability and learning, and, ultimately, improve policies and practices.
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...
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Four Years into the 2030 Agenda: Exploring National Evaluation Capacities
Advancing the Evaluation Agenda at the Kenya 7th National M&E WeekThe Monitoring & Evaluation Department of Kenya recently hosted the 2018 National M&E Week (Nairobi, 12 to 16 November).