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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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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 »
Here is a concise and useful (I hope!) briefing by EVALSDGs on the value proposition of evaluation for the SDG era. In my previous post I highlighted the first “Call to Action” that flowed from my analysis of lessons for the ... Read more »
No, I don’t equate evaluation with toilet paper made of gold – even if it costs a cool US$1.3 million. (I know, this is definitely fodder for jokes). But I want to use the image to make a serious point: ... Read more »
I decided to cross-post this Medium blog post by Julia Coffman of the Center of Evaluation Innovation because of its humorous yet very astute look at the evolution of our profession. It shows the extensive experience of Julia and her ... Read more »
In one of my recent posts I wrote about the pervasive influence of power on development, and the imperative to deal with it in our evaluations. Here I want to address the evaluation of “empowerment” – the support given to ... Read more »
We are all somehow aware that we are on the cusp of dramatic change in society. A series of revolutionary technology-driven changes are set to have a very fundamental effect on how we live, work, relax and relate to one ... Read more »
Evaluation is entering an exciting period – one that will challenge us all to think in new ways and to focus on new things. This blog post is the first in a series aimed at highlighting some of the most ... Read more »