Welcome to Evaluation for Development

Zenda OfirI am a South African scientist and full-time international evaluator. Although I work across the world, I concentrate on Africa and Asia, and deeply care about the development challenges facing the Global South. This blog is aimed at those of us who want to stay up to date with current issues and trends in evaluation across the world. I tend to focus on transformative change, development as complex adaptive system, and the evolution of societies and ecosystems in harmony with one another, and within planetary boundaries.
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Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 5. Non-negotiable criteria.

Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 5. Non-negotiable criteria.

It is ironic that evaluation has been unable to prevent – or even just sufficiently critique – some of the most damaging policies and strategies that have originated in both economically rich and ...

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Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 4.  Flexible criteria

Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 4. Flexible criteria

Our development evaluation criteria should not be determined solely by stakeholder-determined interests, or by pragmatism resulting from constrained resources. Development of nation-states is a complicated matter. If we are serious about ensuring that ...

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Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 3. What should determine our criteria?

Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 3. What should determine our criteria?

It will be unwise only to ‘fix’ in an ad hoc manner the weaknesses in the composition and application of the current set of DAC criteria. We need to consider carefully on what ...

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Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 2. Why change the status quo?

Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 2. Why change the status quo?

Given the good contributions of the DAC criteria noted in Part 1 of this series, let us now turn to why they need to be rethought. Based on my experience, I draw the ...

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Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 1. Their enduring and endearing influence

Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 1. Their enduring and endearing influence

The highly influential DAC evaluation criteria need to be revised. Some say reformed. What will modernised evaluation criteria for development look like? On what basis would we establish such criteria? How will we ...

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Evaluation – a Beautiful Practice

Evaluation – a Beautiful Practice

I believe that evaluation is a beautiful practice. Of course, I base this assessment on my own definition and sense of beauty. The nature of “beauty” has been the focus of many philosophical ...

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