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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Glenn Page’s Top Tips for YEEs. Building ecosystem stewardship into your evaluation practice

Glenn Page’s Top Tips for YEEs. Building ecosystem stewardship into your evaluation practice

**8 min read** I met Glenn around a year ago in his capacity – at the time – as Lead Steward of the SDG Transformations Forum Working Group on Evaluation for Transformation (E4T). ...

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Apollo Nkwake’s Assumptions Aware Evaluation Top Tips for YEEs

Apollo Nkwake’s Assumptions Aware Evaluation Top Tips for YEEs

**4 min read** Apollo is one of Africa’s most knowledgeable evaluation specialists, and also one of its nicest. I can attest to this, as I worked with him for several years while I ...

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Jennifer Greene’s Very Important Top Tip for YEEs

Jennifer Greene’s Very Important Top Tip for YEEs

**3 min read** I have known famous evaluation specialist Jennifer Greene since many years ago when I was still quite new to the evaluation profession. She has visited South Africa and I also ...

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Rob van den Berg’s Top Tips for YEEs

Rob van den Berg’s Top Tips for YEEs

**7 min read** I have considered Rob for years as one of the most insightful and experienced evaluators in the global evaluation community. The work of the Global Evaluation Facility (GEF), where he ...

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Updating the DAC Criteria, Part 11 (FINAL).  From Evaluation Criteria to Design Principles

Updating the DAC Criteria, Part 11 (FINAL). From Evaluation Criteria to Design Principles

**10 min read** Evaluation criteria used in development contexts do not only show what evaluation commissioners, evaluators and other stakeholders value. They also provide an indication of the issues that could – and ...

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Updating the DAC Criteria, Part 10. Sleepwalking towards irrelevance

Updating the DAC Criteria, Part 10. Sleepwalking towards irrelevance

**8 min read** We are sleepwalking towards irrelevance. Not because we do not do some worthwhile things. We do. But because those with power – and evaluation professionals in general – appear to ...

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Donna Podems’ Top Tips for YEEs

Donna Podems’ Top Tips for YEEs

**5 min read** I met Donna around 15 years ago when she asked me to interact with the class she was instructing in South Africa. I was immediately struck by her commitment, expertise ...

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Evaluation for Transformation, Part 2.  Interactions between the SDGs – and beyond

Evaluation for Transformation, Part 2. Interactions between the SDGs – and beyond

**10 min read** If you read this year only one set of papers useful for SDG related evaluation, let it be this ISC/Nilsson et al. series on the interactions between the SDGs, developed ...

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Weronika Felcis’s Top Tip not only for YEEs: The resilience of evaluation in turbulent times

Weronika Felcis’s Top Tip not only for YEEs: The resilience of evaluation in turbulent times

**8 min read** Apart from being a leader in evaluation in different capacities, Weronika is one of the most thoughtful evaluation specialists I have ever met. Her perspectives on evaluation strongly resonate and ...

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The Responsibility of Evaluators

The Responsibility of Evaluators

**3 min read** What is the responsibility of evaluators in the era in which we live today? This is one of the issues I raised in my keynote presentation at the UK Evaluation ...

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