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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Made in Africa Evaluation, Part 2. Africa-rooted evaluation

Made in Africa Evaluation, Part 2. Africa-rooted evaluation

What is Made in Africa Evaluation (MAE) – a term coined by the African Evaluation Association – or what some call Africa-centric Evaluation? It is simply evaluation that is (i) rooted in Africa ...

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<i>Snippet: </i>Dialogue evaluation for independent evaluation

Snippet: Dialogue evaluation for independent evaluation

Many years ago, at the beginning of my evaluation career, I read about ‘dialogue evaluation’. It is a simple mechanism that we can use more frequently to mediate between an independent evaluation and ...

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<i>Snippet: </i>Evaluation as Risk Management

Snippet: Evaluation as Risk Management

Evaluators’ power and influence are limited. There are several reasons for this situation. One relates to how our craft is framed. We are used to ‘selling’ evaluation/M&E as serving accountability, decision-making, learning and ...

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Made in Africa Evaluation, Part 1: The genesis of MAE

Made in Africa Evaluation, Part 1: The genesis of MAE

What is ‘Made in Africa’ evaluation (MAE)? It is not what most people think. In order to move forward, it is time to come to some common understanding that can inspire and guide ...

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<i>Snippet: </i> A useful new glossary for evaluators

Snippet: A useful new glossary for evaluators

Definitions of terms are crucial for common understanding in any field of human endeavour. The diversity of actors entering and playing on the evaluation field is both an advantage and a disadvantage – ...

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Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 6: Concluding thoughts

Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 6: Concluding thoughts

This final post about the DAC criteria captures key points for consideration in the evaluation for development space. It is also  relevant for the interface between humanitarian work and development – an increasingly ...

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