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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

External Program Reviews (2012)

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...


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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

Highlight: OMLC explores recent innovations in monitoring and evaluation practice

22/09/2014

The Outcome Mapping Learning Community (OMLC) gathered in Dar Es Salaam September 22-24, 2014, to share experiences in using Outcome Mapping (OM) for monitoring and evaluating international development programs. More than 70 participants from...

Highlight: Using evaluation to support post-Arab Spring transitions in the Middle East and North Africa

28/04/2014

The EVALMENA Network organized its second consultation in late April in Amman, Jordan, to discuss how evaluation can act as a force for positive change in the post-Arab Spring transitions now taking place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)...

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 (2012)Quality and Use of Rolling Project Completion ReportsThe Influence of Research on Public Policy (2009)External program reviews (2010)External program reviews (2009)

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...
External Program Reviews (2012) Quality and Use of Rolling Project Completion ReportsThe Influence of Research on Public Policy (2009)External program reviews (2010)External program reviews (2009)

Latest Results

IDRC in the Public Policy Process: A Strategic Evaluation of the Influence of Research on Public Policy This study aims to clarify and document what the Centre means by "policy influence"; to examine more systematically the extent to which...
External Program Reviews (2012)Quality and Use of Rolling Project Completion Reports The Influence of Research on Public Policy (2009)External program reviews (2010)External program reviews (2009)

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 (2012)Quality and Use of Rolling Project Completion ReportsThe Influence of Research on Public Policy (2009) External program reviews (2010)External program reviews (2009)

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 (2012)Quality and Use of Rolling Project Completion ReportsThe Influence of Research on Public Policy (2009)External program reviews (2010) External program reviews (2009)
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