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, and debate 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. Read More >
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What can we learn from China? Part 2 – Why NOT China? The path to an ‘Ecological Civilization’.

What can we learn from China? Part 2 – Why NOT China? The path to an ‘Ecological Civilization’.

**10 min read** As evaluators we cannot afford to get caught up in narratives – usually devoid of nuance – that aim to create negative mental models of a certain society. This second ...

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What can we learn from China? Part 1 – Why China?

What can we learn from China? Part 1 – Why China?

Evaluators have an imperative to learn from success. Today we are fortunate: Those of us working in development or evaluation can learn from one of the greatest transformational development success stories of all ...

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Guest Post – The Efficiency Criterion. Can we make better use of it?

Guest Post – The Efficiency Criterion. Can we make better use of it?

**6 min read** This guest post was written by Michaela Raab and Jasmin Rocha, both based in Berlin, Germany. The OECD/DAC criteria have been under review and debate since 2018. As Zenda Ofir ...

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Leslie Goodyear’s Top Tips for YEEs

Leslie Goodyear’s Top Tips for YEEs

**4 min read** I met Leslie more than a decade ago when we served together on the Board of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). We had so much fun together with a great ...

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Jo Puri’s Top Tips for YEEs. So, you want to be an evaluator?

Jo Puri’s Top Tips for YEEs. So, you want to be an evaluator?

I first met Jo when she was still at 3ie. We had an interesting ‘difference of opinion’ exchange over lunch! Already then, she impressed me with her sharp mind and passion for good ...

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Fabiola Amariles’ beyond Top Tips for YEEs: Reflections on Attitudes

Fabiola Amariles’ beyond Top Tips for YEEs: Reflections on Attitudes

**4min** I have come to known Fabiola through our serving on the steering committee of the South to South Evaluation (S2SE) initiative, an effort to promote and advance evaluation based on perspectives and ...

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<i>Snippet:</i> How data visualisation can mislead

Snippet: How data visualisation can mislead

**2 min read** We live in an era of ‘big data’ and ‘big information’. We work in an increasingly quantified world devoid of the nuance that qualitative information provides. We also live in ...

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<i>Snippet:</i> Evaluation shelfies

Snippet: Evaluation shelfies

A while ago Michael Quinn Patton urged us in one of our Young and Emerging Evaluator posts to share the 10 evaluation classics that inspire us most. And now we have the great ...

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Evaluation for Transformation 4. The one big mindset change we need in 2019.

Evaluation for Transformation 4. The one big mindset change we need in 2019.

**5 min read** In its very essence, the concept of evaluation is beautiful, I argued long ago in one of my first blog posts. Evaluation is also in principle powerful, more so than ...

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Integrated framework for the evaluation of the 2030 Agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean

Integrated framework for the evaluation of the 2030 Agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean

Guest post by Carlos Gómez Márquez in Mexico In 2019 I will have more guest posts aimed at informing or debating evaluation issues of importance – with an emphasis on the Global South. ...

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