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  1. 52 Weeks of BetterEvaluation 2014


    Our second year of 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation! Check out last year's here.

  2. Themes


    While the Rainbow Framework can be applied to all kinds of evaluations, there are particular issues in evaluating different types of interventions and in doing different types of evaluations.

    Thematic pages bring together resources that relate to a particular theme, including examples, guides and specialist communities of practice.

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  3. 52 Weeks of BetterEvaluation


    During 2013 we're celebrating 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation. Each week we're featuring a particular method, option, task, tool, issue or event. There are links to resources, advice on choosing methods and using them well, and discussions of hot issues. 

    52 Weeks of 2014 has begun! Find them here.

  4. Deciding to evaluate


    To evaluate or not?

    With the exception of external program reviews, which are managed centrally by the Policy and Evaluation Division, evaluation at IDRC is strategic as opposed to routine. This means that evaluations managed by IDRC program staff and grantees are undertaken selectively and in cases where the rationale for undertaking the evaluation is clear.

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  5. Evaluation Challenges


    Evaluation Challenges

    How do I evaluate a project/program/policy when the results will only be visible in the long term?

    How do I evaluate a project/program/policy when there is no baseline data?

    How do I evaluate a project/program/policy when there is no control group?

    How do I evaluate a project/program/policy?

  6. ASK- High Level FAQs


    High Level Questions

    How do I design an evaluation?
    How do I select and manage an evaluator?
    How do I use a particular evaluation option?
    How do I know if the program caused the results I can see?
    How do I check the quality of an evaluation?

  7. Estimate evaluation resources needed


    There are three main ways of developing an estimate of the evaluation cost when budgeting for the whole program.

  8. Share benefits and apply two-way learning


    Community transformation principle

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples involved in, or affected by, evaluation should benefit from the evaluation project and not be disadvantaged by it.

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    Evaluation must drive and support positive transformation for and of communities.

    All data and reports produced in relation to the evaluation must be made available for the use of communities.

    Data must be relevant to the community and empower sustainable self-determination and effective self-governance.

    Community priorities principle

    Evaluation must reflect the priorities of the community.

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    In addition to the evaluation purpose provided by the commissioner, ensure that the community’s purpose for the evaluation is included. Consider both equally important.

    Ensure that community members are involved in the meta-evaluation, analysis and interpretation of results. This will ensure community priorities are not over-looked at key stages of the evaluation process.

    Consider how an evaluation report can equip communities to better advocate and influence for community self-determination.

    Community standards and criteria matter. When determining what ‘success looks like’, develop the standards and metrics in partnership with community as well as the commissioner.

    Work closely with the community to develop the recommendations of the report.

    Strengthen capacity principle

    Evaluation must strengthen capacity and capability for decision making and voluntary actions of participants and the communities in which they live.

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    Determine whether there are community members who can assist with conducting the evaluation, or who have been involved in evaluations before. Include their salary in your budget.

    Prior to evaluation commencement negotiate with community ways in which the evaluation could consider capacity strengthening methods such as: mentoring, community of practice, peer coaching, supervised practice in teams, reflective practice and learning circle. Include these in your budget from the start.

    Consider recommendations in the report that will support capacity building and voluntary actions within the project or program being evaluated.

    Share results principle

    Evaluation results must be presented and available to communities in a form that is translatable to community needs.

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    In conjunction with your evaluation commissioner, consider community members as the equal primary intended user of the evaluation.

    Discuss with community members how the findings of the data could be presented visually or through other relevant forms e.g. artistic expressions.

    Formalise at the start of the evaluation how the community will be presented the data for the evaluation. Consider several feedback sessions through the data analysis process.

    Ensure that the report is available to the community for its own use and support them to make use of it. This may include providing the data in different formats. Ensure this requirement is included in the evaluation budget and approved by the commissioner.

    Prioritise self-determination, community agency and self-governance Please look at all the other themes – they are equally important Key themes Barriers Limited scope from commissioner Power and privilege Limited cultural understanding Can’t find community protocols Time restrictions No cultural mentor No tools or templates Data gate keeping Resource constraints Communicate transparently, build trust and obtain individual and community consent Strengths-based recognition of cultures, acknowledging communities and individuals Share benefits and apply two-way learning Formalise accountability processes on ethical practice Facilitate control and data sovereignty COURAGE, INTEGRITY, & CULTURAL HUMILITY


    We would like to acknowledge and thank Maria Stephens, an Arrabi/Binning woman who speaks the Iwaidja language. She generously provided her artwork for this page.

  9. What is specific about evaluating research?


    The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada primarily funds and facilitates global South-based research for development (R4D).  Its mandate is: “To initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions.

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  10. BetterEvaluation contributors at AEA2014 Denver


    BE Contributors at the AEA 2014 Conference in Denver

    Overview - Contributors with sessions