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A holistic, learning-centred approach to building evaluation capacity in development organizations

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posted on 05.01.2017, 13:31 by June Lennie, Jo Tacchi, Michael Wilmore, Bikash Koirala
There is growing pressure on development organizations to improve their evaluation systems and capacities. This presents considerable challenges for time- and resource-poor organizations in developing countries. Evaluation capacity development (ECD) approaches are needed that are appropriate and effective for such organizations. We argue that this requires a long-term, holistic, participatory, learning-centred approach that aims to develop learning organizations and build the capacity of whole organizations and their stakeholders. It also needs to incorporate local knowledge and ideas and ongoing meta-evaluation of ECD activities. We describe this approach and how it was applied in a four-year action research project with a non-governmental organization in Nepal. Drawing on findings from this project and various follow up activities, we suggest some principles and strategies for designing and implementing an effective and sustainable approach to ECD that can help to address the many challenges and issues we have identified.

Funding

The AC4SC project was funded by the Australian Research Council (grant number LP0775252), USAID/Nepal and Equal Access.

History

School

  • Loughborough University London

Published in

Evaluation

Volume

21

Issue

3

Pages

325 - 343

Citation

LENNIE, J. ... et al, 2015. A holistic, learning-centred approach to building evaluation capacity in development organizations. Evaluation, 21 (3), pp. 325-343.

Publisher

SAGE © The Author(s)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Evaluation and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1356389015590219.

ISSN

1356-3890

eISSN

1461-7153

Language

en

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