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Evaluation for development
 
Evaluation is integral to IDRC’s work. It forms an important part of the evidence base for understanding how research contributes to solving development problems.
 
IDRC strives to be an accountable learning organization by conducting formal evaluation studies and integrating a culture of “evaluative thinking” into its activities. Evaluative thinking involves:
  • being results-oriented, reflective, and questioning
  • being able to articulate values
  • using evidence to test assumptions
IDRC has developed a robust and decentralized evaluation system that meets the multifaceted needs of our mandate, structure, and programming model. Evaluation is a shared responsibility and takes place throughout IDRC—at the project, program, and corporate levels.

Latest Project

Guide for Commissioning Evaluations

This research project will develop a guide to commissioning evaluations to improve the quality of decisions made to design and manage development research evaluations.

Evaluation is a critical element of development research, as it …

Latest Result

Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia

IDRC is a long-time supporter of South Asia's Community of Evaluators to advance evaluation practices in the region. With representation from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, the Community of Evaluators first came...


News

2015 designated International Year of Evaluation

20/02/2015

The United Nations General Assembly has officially designated 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation. This recognition is the result of efforts made by EvalPartners, the global evaluation partnership of which IDRC is a member. Other partners...

Featured Publication

MAKING EVALUATION MATTER<br>Writings from South Asia

MAKING EVALUATION MATTER
Writings from South Asia

This is a first-of-its-kind collection of writings by evaluation professionals working in South Asia. It analyses and documents the status of, and challenges for, development evaluation in this region. The collection covers three critical dimensions...

Events

IDRC at ReLAC’s 4th International Conference on Evaluation in Lima, Peru

09/03/2015

IDRC support for research in evaluation practice will be showcased at the 4th International Conference on Evaluation of the Latin-American and Caribbean Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematization Network (ReLAC). The conference will be held in Lima...

Highlight: Early lessons evaluating climate change shared at Washington conference

04/11/2014

IDRC joined almost 300 evaluation professionals, academics, and policymakers from 59 countries at the International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development held last November in Washington DC.   Conference participants focused...

Latest Results

IDRC is a long-time supporter of South Asia's Community of Evaluators to advance evaluation practices in the region. With representation from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, the Community of Evaluators first came...
Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach Guide now onlineNew evaluation tool now available to assess research qualityExternal Program Reviews (2012)Quality and Use of Rolling Project Completion Reports

Latest Results

After a decade of work developing the Outcome Mapping Approach, IDRC has played an important role in the development of ROMA, an adaptation of IDRC’s original outcome mapping research. ROMA: A guide to policy engagement and influence, has been...
Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach Guide now onlineNew evaluation tool now available to assess research qualityExternal Program Reviews (2012)Quality and Use of Rolling Project Completion Reports

Latest Results

IDRC supports Strategic Evaluation on Research Excellence, a three-phase project that aims to define and articulate what research excellence means in a research for development (R4D) context. Existing tools and approaches for assessing research...
Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach Guide now online New evaluation tool now available to assess research qualityExternal Program Reviews (2012)Quality and Use of Rolling Project Completion Reports

Latest Results

IDRC commissions external program reviews toward the end of each program cycle. These final evaluations are our primary accountability mechanism in terms of the results, effectiveness, and relevance of program spending. External program reviews aim...
Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach Guide now onlineNew evaluation tool now available to assess research quality External Program Reviews (2012)Quality and Use of Rolling Project Completion Reports

Latest Results

In 2005, IDRC adopted the rolling Project Completion Report (rPCR), creating a cross-organization interactive process to elicit staff reflection, deepen learning about projects, and  fulfill an accountability function for the organization. Five...
Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach Guide now onlineNew evaluation tool now available to assess research qualityExternal Program Reviews (2012) Quality and Use of Rolling Project Completion Reports
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