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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Culture in evaluation Development, SDGs & Transformation
Research evaluation
Private sector evaluation Evaluation as profession and practice Top Tips for Young and Emerging Evaluators

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Juha Uitto’s Top Tips for YEEs

Juha Uitto’s Top Tips for YEEs

**4 min read** Juha Uitto is the highly experienced and knowledgeable Director of the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the Global Environment Facility. This large Trust Fund, supported by 39 countries, makes funding ...

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Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 8.  A Global South, Global North lens on evaluation – 2.

Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 8. A Global South, Global North lens on evaluation – 2.

**10 min read** In my previous post I started to make the case for the evaluation of transformative change and transformative development in a way that recognises the differences between what we call ...

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Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 8. A Global South, Global North lens on evaluation – 1.

Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 8. A Global South, Global North lens on evaluation – 1.

**6 min read** Now that the concept of “developing” and “developed” countries is at last unfashionable, is a special focus on “development evaluation” still useful? Is the less emotive, more palatable Global South ...

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Fred Carden’s Top Tip for YEEs: ‘Whose knowledge’ matters!

Fred Carden’s Top Tip for YEEs: ‘Whose knowledge’ matters!

**4 min read** Fred Carden is an outstanding evaluation professional. I have known him for many years as former director of evaluation at IDRC in Canada, where he has led, supported and encouraged ...

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Zenda’s Top Ten Tips for YEEs – 2

Zenda’s Top Ten Tips for YEEs – 2

**Ten minute read** While the five ‘Top Ten Tips’ in my previous post for Young and Emerging Evaluators (YEEs) related more to overall approaches to evaluation practice, the next five are intended to ...

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Economists, the ‘broken’ aid system and turning the RCT tide

Economists, the ‘broken’ aid system and turning the RCT tide

**Five minute read.** “Aid projects might yield satisfying micro-results, but they generally do little to change the systems that produce the problems in the first place.” On 16 July 2018 fifteen prominent economists, ...

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