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ERIC Number: EJ779664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Horizontal Evaluation: Fostering Knowledge Sharing and Program Improvement within a Network
Thiele, Graham; Devaux, Andre; Velasco, Claudio; Horton, Douglas
American Journal of Evaluation, v28 n4 p493-508 2007
Horizontal evaluation combines self-assessment and external evaluation by peers. Papa Andina, a regional network that works to reduce rural poverty in the Andean region by fostering innovation in potato production and marketing, has used horizontal evaluations to improve the work of local project teams and to share knowledge within the network. In a horizontal evaluation workshop, a project team and peers from other organizations independently assess the strengths and weaknesses of a research and development (R&D) approach being developed and then compare the assessments. Project team members formulate recommendations for improving the R&D approach, and peers consider ways to apply it back home. Practical results of horizontal evaluation have included strengthening the R&D approaches being developed, experimenting with their use at new sites, improvements in other areas of work, and strengthened interpersonal relations among network members. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Berne.
Authoring Institution: N/A