Our work on 'evaluation' includes the full range of monitoring and evaluation activities, frameworks, and systems, and includes evaluations of a project, program, policy, product, network, organisation, or strategy. It also includes evaluations that are known by different labels, such as impact assessment, impact measurement, or return on investment. See our page What is evaluation for more information on terminology.
Our work and our organisation is guided by a set of principles that direct how we undertake capacity strengthening, how we manage our knowledge platform, and how we conduct ourselves and approach 'evaluation'. The overarching principles are: Do no harm and Do maximum good. You can read more about our principles here.
How we work
BetterEvaluation engages with individuals, organisations, and networks to bring together knowledge about evaluation from different sectors, disciplines, regions, languages and contexts.
BetterEvaluation aims to produce significant improvements in evaluation through its three integrated core elements:
a knowledge platform (betterevaluation.org)
discrete capacity strengthening activities with partner organisations
research and innovation projects
Through these integrated activities, we co-create, share and support use of knowledge about doing, managing and using evaluation better.
Create – We work collaboratively with evaluation experts and organisations from around the world to document innovative practice and produce new knowledge and knowledge products about evaluation.
Share – We provide online access to a comprehensive range of monitoring and evaluation options. Our ‘Rainbow Framework’ guides the selection and use of an evaluation method and/or process to help practitioners find the best approach for their needs. We provide advice from experts and practitioners and an overview of the tasks involved in evaluation – from planning to conducting an evaluation – in multiple languages.
Support use – We undertake integrated projects to strengthen individual, organisational and/or national evaluation capacities combining blended learning, technical assistance, quality review and support for peer learning.
About our knowledge platform
You can access our knowledge platform (BetterEvaluation.org) as a casual user, or join BetterEvaluation as a member of our community.
BetterEvaluation.org has information on more than 300 methods and processes plus approaches and thematic pages, events and resources including a Manager's Guide to Evaluation, and a Terms of Reference generator, the GeneraTOR.
Community members receive regular updates about the site and upcoming events, and can connect with members of the community.
We encourage members of our community to become contributors to the site. Contributors share recommendations for resources to add, and share their experiences of using particular methods, processes and approaches. Interested in contributing? Learn more here.
Our research and innovation projects
In addition to our freely available knowledge platform, we work on specific projects around evaluation capacity strengthening and research and innovation. Learn more about our projects here.
Our evaluation capacity strengthening activities
BetterEvaluation takes a principles-based and systems approach to capacity strengthening. We believe in taking the time to understand the existing strengths and needs at an individual and organisational level, and using this to determine what can be built on, how best to address important gaps over time, and what to prioritise first. You can read more about our approach to capacity strengthening here.
Organisational partners and financial supporters have access to BetterEvaluation's capacity strengthening services.
Who is BetterEvaluation?
BetterEvaluation is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, registered in Victoria, Australia and operating globally. It began in 2009 as an interdisciplinary public good project before incorporating as an independent organisation in 2019.
BetterEvaluation was originally hosted at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia, working with three other founding partners: Pact, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Institutional Learning and Change Initiative (ILAC).
Our core team is currently based in Melbourne and includes:
- Mark Madden, Interim-CEO
- Penelope Stephens, Operations Manager
- Alice Macfarlan, Knowledge Platform Manager
- Emma Smith, Website and Communications Officer
- Simon Davies, Website and Administration Officer
Other significant contributions:
- Patricia Rogers, former CEO and founder
Current financial supporters of BetterEvaluation since incorporation as a not-for-profit organisation:
- Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
- Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
- The Lucille and David Packard Foundation
- RMIT University
Previous financial supporters of BetterEvaluation as a project:
- Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
- Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC)
- Comic Relief
- Research Into Use
- Rockefeller Foundation
- International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
- International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
- Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
- and the four original founding partners - RMIT University, Pact, ODI, ILAC.
Where can you go from here?
Follow one of the pathways below to find out more about our work or to join our community.
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