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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<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. The one big mindset change we need in 2019

Evaluation for Transformation. 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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Evaluation for Transformation 3: What do you count as “success”?

Evaluation for Transformation 3: What do you count as “success”?

** 6 min read ** I have long thought that evaluators don’t define ‘success’ in meaningful ways. Now highly respected economist Matt Andrews has just released a very useful working paper that confirms ...

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Donna Mertens’ Top Tips for YEEs. Youthful Energy Contribution to the Pursuit of Transformative Evaluation

Donna Mertens’ Top Tips for YEEs. Youthful Energy Contribution to the Pursuit of Transformative Evaluation

**8 min read** I had the pleasure of getting to know Donna at an AEA conference many years ago. Since then, our paths have crossed again and again – including in 2007 when ...

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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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