Developmental Evaluation in e-Government and e-Health (Latin America and the Caribbean)

Research for development projects take place in environments that are characterized by social complexity and uncertainty. Successfully navigating projects through this uncertainty is difficult, and requires solid understanding of the changing context, constructive dialogue to create common understanding and the considered application of evaluative thinking. Developmental evaluation is a methodology that enables agents of change to work more effectively in such environments. Developmental evaluation provides ongoing feedback into the project's decision-making process.

This project will assess the feasibility and impact of applying developmental evaluation in support of research-to-policy initiatives.

It will do so through two sets of activities. First, the grant will support the application of developmental evaluation to two large regional research-to-policy initiatives in the areas of e-government and e-health, respectively. Each of these projects is putting into practice a novel research-to-policy model wherein young professionals act as a bridge between the research and policy institutions involved. The focus is on supporting this model through developmental evaluation. Second, the researchers will prepare case studies of the implementation and outcomes of the two experiences. These are expected to contribute to the growing body of knowledge on the benefits and challenges of developmental evaluation.

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Start Date

Friday, April 1, 2011

End Date

Sunday, June 1, 2014


38 months

IDRC Officer

Smith, Matthew

Total funding

CA$ 157,300


North and Central America, South America


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Alex Jadad

Project Leader

Cameron Norman


University of Toronto

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