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The Road to Results : Designing and Conducting Effective Development Evaluations

The analytical, conceptual, and political framework of development is changing dramatically. The new development agenda calls for broader understandings of sectors, countries, development strategies, and policies. It emphasizes learning and continuous feedback at all phases of the development cycle. As the development agenda grows in scope and complexity, development evaluation follows suit. Development evaluator are moving away from traditional implementation and output-focused evaluation models toward results-based evaluation models, as the development community calls for results and embraces the millennium development goals. As the development community shifts its focus away from projects in order to comprehensively address country challenges, development evaluators are seeking methods with which to assess results at the country, sector, theme, policy, and even global levels. As the development community recognizes the importance of not only a comprehensive but also a coordinated approach to developing country challenges and emphasizes partnerships, development evaluators are increasingly engaged in joint evaluations. These joint evaluations, while advantageous in many respects, add to the complexity of development evaluation (OECD 2006). Additionally, development evaluators increasingly face the measurement challenge of determining the performance of an individual development organization in this broader context and of identifying its contribution. This text is intended as a tool for use in building development evaluation capacity. It aims to help development evaluators think about and explore the new evaluation architecture and especially to design and conduct evaluations that focus on results in meeting the challenges of development.
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Influencing Change: Building Evaluation Capacity to Strengthen Governance

Exploring how evaluation can influence and interact with the change process in policy and institutional development, the first section of this book contains 4 chapters from leading commentators. The second section presents a variety of lessons learnt and good practices in Evaluation Capacity Building.


Ten Steps to a Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation System

A Handbook for Development Practitioners

This guide provides a ten-step model to help plan, design, and implement a results-based M&E system for good management in organizations working in the public sector. The guide describes these steps in detail, the tasks needed to complete them, and the tools available to help implement them. The process starts with a “Readiness Assessment” and works the design, management, and, the sustainability of the M&E system.

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Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results

The Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results seeks to address new directions in planning, monitoring and evaluation in the context of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) corporate strategic plan, the requirements of the UNDP evaluation policy and the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Standards for Evaluation in the UN System. The Handbook is an updated edition of the 2002 edition and incorporates information recommended by key users of the Handbook during various workshops held by UNDP units. The objective of the Handbook is to enhance the results-based culture within UNDP and improve the quality of planning, monitoring and evaluation.