Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia

This volume of Making Evaluation Matter from SAGE Publications India and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), focuses on the work the Community of Evaluators (CoE) for South Asia has done to bring together evaluators within the region to ensure the sharing of experiences and knowledge of evaluations. Based on a series of 'write shops' which aimed to draw out a number of themes, including the context of South Asia, methodological developments in evaluation, and the challenges of using evaluation.


"The contributors to this volume are representative of the range of people involved in the evaluation field in South Asia. Among the group are evaluators who are embedded in large development and research organizations, who teach in university settings, who have spent their career working within government, and who work within funding agencies. We have tried to highlight and reflect the diversity of ideas that these different positions and experiences bring. The diversity within the evaluation community in South Asia is vast; among the writers in this volume, you will see many differences of views on issues of use, design, approaches, and methods. But there are also many points of convergence where they come together: on issues of quality, of use, and ultimately of ‘making a difference’ in improving real lives on the ground.

This richness and the diversity of these writings reflect the richness and diversity of the evaluation field. As such, this process has proved to be incredibly stimulating and useful. We have learnt a great deal, and our own thinking and work on evaluation has changed in the process."


  • CHAPTER 1: Introduction - Imagining Development, Imagining Evaluation. Katherine Eve Hay and Shubh Kumar-Range. 1.
  • CHAPTER 2: Evaluation for Development Results: Implications of the Governance Context in South Asia. Shubh Kumar-Range. 15
  • CHAPTER 3: Building the Field of Evaluation in South Asia: A Framework and Ideas. Katherine Eve Hay. 39
  • CHAPTER 4: The Importance of Context in Participatory Evaluations: Reflections from South Asia. Sonal Zaveri 59
  • CHAPTER 5: Evaluation Rights and Social Justice: Process, Politics, and Positioning in South Asia. Veronica Magar and Pradeep Narayanan 85
  • CHAPTER 6: An Evaluation Practitioner’s Journey with Utilization-focused Evaluation. Chelladurai Solomon and Sarah Earl 107
  • CHAPTER 7: Enhancing the Use of Evaluation: Experiences from the Field. Manas Bhattacharyya and Khilesh Chaturvedi 136
  • CHAPTER 8: The Importance of Understanding Context and Structures in Programme Evaluation: A Case Study from India. Suneeta Singh, Sangita Dasgupta, and Y. Dayanand Singh 161
  • CHAPTER 9: The Need for Methodological Diversity in Evaluating Complex Health Interventions. Anuska Kalita 177
  • CHAPTER 10: Operationalizing the Capability Approach (CA) for Evaluating Small Projects. Ram Chandra Khanal 210
  • CHAPTER 11: Impact Evaluations: Ways to Get It Right—Tips for Achieving Impactful Impact Evaluations. N. Raghunathan, Siddhi Mankad, and Ravinder Kumar 233
  • CHAPTER 12: Giving Voice: Making Evaluation Contextual for Marginalized Groups in South Asia. Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah and Mojibur Rahman Doftori 255
  • CHAPTER 13 Voices from the Field. Ethel Méndez 270


Katherine Eve Hay and Shubh Kumar-Range (eds) (2014). Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia. Sage Publications India. Retrieved from:

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