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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

Advancing Evaluation Theory and Practice in South Asia: Community of Evaluators (CoE), Phase II

This Community of Evaluators (CoE) project will build on IDRC-funded work to promote and enhance the quality of the theory and practice of evaluation in South Asia. It will deepen and expand gains made by professional evaluators from Afghanistan, …

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...


News

Submissions sought for 2014 Canadian Evaluation Society conference

08/11/2013

IDRC will gather with the evalustion community at the Canadian Evaluation Society 2014 National Conference June 15-18, 2014 in Ottawa. This follows on the 27th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association held in October in Washington DC...

IDRC 2014 Research Awards

10/06/2013

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues...

Featured Publication

Outcome Mapping

Outcome Mapping

The Evaluation Unit and a number of IDRC programs worked with Barry Kibel of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation to adapt his Outcome Engineering approach to the development research context. In 2001, a methodology called "Outcome...

Events

Highlight: Tracking China and India's emerging aid policies

07/12/2013

India and China are emerging as major sources of funding through overseas philanthropy, private investment, and government aid. The engagement of these and other emerging economies is transforming the landscape of international giving.This trend and...

Highlight: Evaluation in the Networked Society – IDRC presents research

03/10/2012

IDRC staff members Colleen Duggan, Amy Etherington, and Heidi Monk and IDRC-supported researchers presented emerging evaluation research findings at the 10th Biennial Conference of the European Evaluation Society, held on October 3-5 in Helsinki...

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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