ERIC Number: EJ1018959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Growth and Integration in the Evaluation Profession: Some Perspectives for Consideration
Naidoo, Indran A.
American Journal of Evaluation, v34 n4 p572-576 Dec 2013
This article sketches the growth and accompanying challenges that face development evaluation in the future, by showing that whilst the progress in expanding the geographical presence of evaluation has been impressive, much more needs to be done. Important work has been done in promoting guidance through agencies such as the (UNEG, OECD/DAC and NONIE), and the recent coalescing of evaluation forces under EvalPartners help entrench evaluation. However, there needs to be a more deliberate effort to ensure that new entrants, many of who draw attention to their countries which have not had an evaluation culture, and which would potentially benefit from greater accountability and transparency, need support. The need to adapt methodologies to context is important but this should not compromise minimum evaluation standards, and high level political support for the function is critical. It is also necessary at a very practical level for there to be a contextual appreciation. The article recognizes that the freshness brought by new entrants should be welcomed and this means new levels of engagement with established practice, many of which are not known due to the limited publishing of work from this area. The active participation of evaluation leaders and professionals to support through mentorship and volunteerism is necessary, to accompany the technical and political dimensions of development evaluation.
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