BetterEvaluation COVID-19 Statement

Patricia Rogers's picture 3rd April 2020 by Patricia Rogers

The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly transforming our world.  Individuals, communities and organisations are facing enormous challenges and uncertainty. Limited resources have been further stretched by the climate crisis and unprecedented natural disasters. These global challenges put the Sustainable Development Goals at risk and threaten the well-being of people and the planet. At BetterEvaluation we believe we have a significant role to play in responding to this unfolding situation.

We work to support better evaluation globally. Good evaluation helps people identify the information they need and make sense of it.  It helps inform decisions about what to do and how to improve results. Good evaluation is essential to guide the best use of resources and to ensure accountability and learning. During this pandemic and in the post-pandemic world our work is more important than ever.

Here’s how we are responding:

  • We are working remotely to ensure the safety of our staff and community
  • We are finalizing user experience improvements to our website to make it easier to find relevant information
  • We are creating and curating additional content to address the current context including:
    • real time evaluation
    • evaluation for adaptive management
    • addressing equity in evaluation
    • evaluation for accountability and resource allocation
    • ways of doing evaluation within physical distancing constraints
    • ways of working effectively online
    • resources relating to evaluation in the COVID19 pandemic
  • We are continuing existing partnerships and capacity strengthening projects, adapting as needed
  • We are exploring ways we can contribute to specific efforts to tackle these challenges locally and globally

We will continue to work collaboratively to create, share and support the use of knowledge about evaluation. We will draw on the experiences of our board, staff, and partners in capacity strengthening in health crises and natural disasters.

We remain strongly committed to using our strengths in evaluation to build a better world, particularly for marginalised groups and those worst affected by the current crises.


Anonymous's picture

Thank you for this update, Patricia. It's great to know how Better Evaluation is responding. I look forward to the real-time and adaptive management resources. Is there an ETA on these? As someone who works for an organisation that is part of the national response, these will be most useful to us. Things are moving very quickly. 

Alice Macfarlan's picture
Alice Macfarlan

Hi Alicia,

I'm so glad these topics will be useful for you and your organisation. We're working on these content areas now, so you should see this start to come out bit by bit over the coming weeks.

I'd love to hear what particular challenges you're facing or tasks that you are having to do differently - if possible we'll try to pick these up in our outputs.

Wishing you well in these difficult times,


Emma Smith's picture
Emma Smith

Hi Alicia, 

We have a few real-time and adaptive management resources on the site currently. We're working to make these subject areas more comprehensive. In the meantime, you might find the following useful. 

You can find adaptive management resources here:

And this links to the an ALNAP guide for real-time evaluations (RTEs) of humanitarian operational responses:

Best wishes, 


Anonymous's picture
U Dewan

Covid 19 evaluation : I want to hear from evaluation experts to make a design and evaluate the policies and programs taken by WHO or a country to cope up the pandemic situation. It's not only related health hezardd but also with social and economical impact.
Many countries are doing better but some aren't to fight against corona virus.
Can we evaluate what's the difference strategy between the success and failure countries.