Evaluators’ Challenges and in Conducting Development Evaluations:  Are there any solutions?

(1 November 2016)

 

Author:  Pindai M. Sithole, PhD (Development studies, Witwatersrand University, South Africa)

Social Research and Evaluation Consultant in Development 

Centre for Development in Research and Evaluation International Africa (CeDRE Africa)

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Abstract

 

The paper is a reflection on some challenges evaluators sometimes encounter when they conduct development evaluations.  The context of the discussion is the author’s own development evaluation experience particularly in Africa and Asia.  The challenges project or program funders and implementers bring onto the evaluation process include fear of evaluation, contextual detachment or projects/programs, limited resource commitment to evaluation, language and culture as well as evaluation sensitization.  The major conclusions are that clients who are associated with these challenges have limited knowledge of the essence of evaluation and/or they do not plan and budget for evaluation.  The key recommendation is that before any project or program is implemented, the implementers and administrators concerned should undergo training in monitoring and evaluation. This can also be a pre-requisite for anyone to receive funding for any development project/program.

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