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

Lennie, J, Tacchi, J, Wilmore, M and Koirala, B 2015, 'A holistic, learning-centred approach to building evaluation capacity in development organizations', Evaluation: International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 325-343.


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Title A holistic, learning-centred approach to building evaluation capacity in development organizations
Author(s) Lennie, J
Tacchi, J
Wilmore, M
Koirala, B
Year 2015
Journal name Evaluation: International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice
Volume number 21
Issue number 3
Start page 325
End page 343
Total pages 19
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract 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.
Subject International and Development Communication
Keyword(s) contextual and organizational challenges
development organizations
evaluation capacity development
holistic
learning-centred approach
participatory
sustainability
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1356389015590219
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ISSN 1356-3890
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