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My blog focuses on evaluation in the Global South, yet aims to raise issues of interest to evaluation as well as development professionals around the world.
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These days we talk a lot about “sustainable development”. And about “evaluating impact”. But I continue to maintain that it is useless to evaluate the impacts of an intervention without focusing on whether such impacts have a good chance to ... Read more »
This blog post is about how to measure research quality when viewing research from a systems perspective. We all work with ‘evidence’. This is often based on research, either by ourselves or others. Research is also crucial for a knowledge ... Read more »
My last two blog posts addressed the issue of Grand Challenges in evaluation. A complementary idea: A type of ‘Grand Challenge’ for the profession (or perhaps rather, a smallish yet Important Challenge) is to make sure that outdated ideas die ... Read more »
In my previous post I highlighted the notion of Grand Challenges and where they have been developed. In this post I raise issues to consider when we think about whether the evaluation profession should have its own set of Grand ... Read more »
In July 2014 I wrote a short paper for EES Connections in which I asked whether the time was right for the global evaluation community to identify and engage with its own set of ‘Grand Challenges’. Everyone is developing them! ... Read more »
Back to blogging after a hiatus of three months during which I travelled too frequently for work assignments. Pressurised schedules do not support writing, but I am hoping to change this over the next month on the road from Beijing ... Read more »
I do not do “development evaluation”. I do not practice the evaluation OF development. I evaluate FOR development. There is a difference. These days we are told that the need for the special category called “development evaluation” has receded because ... Read more »
In 15 years I have not conducted a single evaluation where I did not ask many questions about the reasons why things were working well, or not so well – and triangulating from different perspectives and sources of ... Read more »