Development evaluations in Uganda 2000-2018: A country evaluation map

This CEDIL Synthesis Working Paper is a report on the first of its kind country evaluation map for a single country, identifying 617 evaluations in multiple sectors in Uganda.

This resource and the following information was contributed by Radhika Menon on behalf of Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL).

Authors and their affiliation

Howard White (The Campbell Collaboration)
Timothy Lubanga (Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Uganda)
Francis Rathinam (Athena Infonomics)
Roland Bless Taremwa (Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Uganda)
Benjamin Kachero (Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Uganda)
Caroline Otike (Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation, Makerere University)
Robert Apunyo (Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation, Makerere University)
Zeba Siddiqui (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation)
Anagha Joshi (Australian Institute of Family Studies
Ashrita Saran (Campbell South Asia)
Ekwaro Obuku (Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation, Makerere University)

Year of publication

2021

Type of resource

  • Discussion paper

Key features

The paper, ‘Development evaluations in Uganda 2000-2018: A country evaluation map’, is a report on the first of its kind evaluation map for a single country. The map identifies 617 evaluations in multiple sectors in Uganda. Nearly 60 per cent of the studies contain process evaluation evidence and over 40 per cent are impact evaluations.

The primary objective of the Uganda country evaluation map is to make the existing evaluations accessible to users, so as to support evidence-informed decision-making across government, development partners, and civil society.

The secondary objectives are to:
(i) Identify gaps in available evidence, and clusters of evidence suitable for systematic reviews;
(ii) Raise awareness of the use of evidence in policy and practice;
(iii) Initiate discussions around evaluation trends in Uganda, and systemic effects on evaluation transparency and quality; and
(iv) Provide proof of concept for the approach and testing use of country evaluation maps, as this map will be the first country evaluation map covering all sectors.

Who is this resource useful for?

  • Advocates for evaluation;
  • Evaluation users;
  • Evaluators;
  • Policymakers.

How have you used or intend on using this resource?

This country evaluation map seeks to make recent development evaluations from Uganda visible and available in a single repository. It identifies potential gaps in knowledge and opportunities for synthesising existing evidence for the use of policymakers and researchers in Uganda. Users can submit studies for inclusion in the map, thus giving the map a repository function. The map has been co-produced by the Campbell Collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda, the Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation. The Office of the Prime Minister in Uganda has been using the map as part of its planning process and for informing an evaluation agenda for the health sector.

Why would you recommend it to other people?

Existing evidence from evaluation studies often goes unused. The effort by CEDIL to make recent evaluations of development work in Uganda visible and available in a single repository is a first of its kind. One can dive deeper into the country-specific evaluation map for Uganda by using various filters including sector, outcome, SDG, and more.

Source

White H., Lubanga T., Rathinam F., Taremwa R., Kachero B., Otike C., Apunyo R., Siddiqui Z., Joshi A., Saran A., and Obuku E. 2021. Development evaluations in Uganda 2000–2018: A Country Evaluation Map. CEDIL Syntheses Working Paper 1. Oxford: Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL). Available at: https://doi.org/10.51744/CSWP1

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