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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

2015 External Program Reviews of Global Health Policy and Science and Innovation Programs

External reviews are independent evaluations of IDRC's work. They are routinely performed for each prospectus-based program once every five years to provide a summative evaluation of the program's performance. This project will allow for external …

Latest Result

External Program Reviews (2015)

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...


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 to showcase research at national conference of the Canadian Evaluation Society

24/05/2015

​IDRC will present recent achievements in evaluation research at the Canadian Evaluation Society’s (CES) 36th National Conference to be held in Montréal, Québec, May 24-27, 2015.As 2015 has been designated the International Year of Evaluation, the...

Highlight: IDRC Evaluation at ReLAC in Lima, Peru

25/03/2015

The 4th International Conference on Evaluation of the Latin-American and Caribbean Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematization Network (ReLAC) held in Lima, Peru on March 9-13, 2015 brought together more than 400 researchers, evaluators, and...

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...
External Program Reviews (2015)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)

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...
External Program Reviews (2015) 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)

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...
External Program Reviews (2015)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)

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...
External Program Reviews (2015)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)

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...
External Program Reviews (2015)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)
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