Manager's guide to evaluation project

While there are many guidelines and tools to support those conducting evaluations, there are far fewer resources specifically focused on commissioners and managers of evaluation. 

Yet we know that evaluation capacity depends on the quality of the demand for evaluation as well as the quality of the supply of evaluation.

To meet this need, BetterEvaluation has partnered with the International Development Research Centre to create the Managers' Guide to Evaluation and the GeneraTOR.

About the Manager's Guide to Evaluation

The Manager's guide to evaluation is an interactive guide for people who are managing an evaluation. It  can be used for managing an evaluation that is conducted by an external evaluator or evaluation team, an internal team, or by a combination of these.

The Manager's guide can be used for different types of evaluations and for evaluations of different types of interventions, including projects, programmes, policies and clusters of projects. It can also be used for the evaluation of research.

The Manager's Guide was developed to support decision making throughout the process of an evaluation, from planning its purpose and scope, designing it, conducting it, reporting findings and supporting use of its findings.

The Manager's Guide provides a clear and systematic guide for managers, with links to further detail and examples as required. In addition, it incorporates a Terms of Reference generator, the GeneraTOR.  The GeneraTOR prompts users for particular information to produce a draft Terms of Reference document which can be shared, reviewed and finalised with other stakeholders.

About the GeneraTOR

The GeneraTOR is an interactive tool to allow users to create and download a Terms of Reference (TOR) or Request for Proposal (RFP) document.

An appropriate and comprehensive TOR or RFP is critically important for the quality of an evaluation, whether the evaluation is conducted externally or internally. 

The GeneraTOR guides users to write each section of the ToR / RFP step-by-step. The GeneraTOR also generates a word document which incorporates the saved information. This word document can then be refined and/or reviewed by others.

The GeneraTOR is free to use for BetterEvaluation members. New users can join BetterEvaluation for free. 

Managers' guide to evaluation resources

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