What to learn from evaluations

RDI Network
October 2021
12 min read

Feedback is a vital aspect of international development research and evaluation and helps to ensure that the research is relevant, credible, and useful. Here we look at what to look for in evaluations:

  • Experiences and feedback from the people who are expected to benefit from development interventions
  • Documented efforts to seek make feedback from diverse set of stakeholders and the creation of accessible feedback loops
  • A plan to facilitate the flow of information to citizens and community groups, and provide a basis for holding development actors accountable, particularly government performance
  • Quality in evaluations are based effective and practical processes in the context of its environment. This means that evaluations need to be fair, proper, and legal, as well as, balancing cultural and political interests and needs of individuals and groups
  • Evaluations also need to be dependable and accurate so that they provide reliable information for users. Quality evaluation also engages stakeholders in inspecting the accountability and improvement of the evaluation process and products. 

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