VIDEO: Ideas@IDRC: Patricia Rogers
Dr. Rogers identifies future directions in development evaluation. Produced during the Development Ideas authors’ workshop 2012. ©IDRC/CRDI (French version)

— Abstract

Evaluation has a long history of being used to promote and improve development practices. Evaluation approaches have evolved reflecting the different understandings of development and the role of evaluation–as a tool for rational decision-making or an incentive for performance. These approaches are not mutually exclusive or incommensurable. Each has potential validity and utility, depending on what is being evaluated and the purpose of the evaluation. The evaluation approaches presented in this article have been emphasized and promoted at different historical points for political and other reasons. To maximize the contribution that evaluation can make to development processes, evaluators and development practitioners need understand the full range of evaluation options and the types of development for which they are best suited.

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Rogers, Patricia. J. (2008) “Using Programme Theory for Complicated and Complex ProgrammesEvaluation 14 (1), 29–4. [PDF 180KB]