How to use BetterEvaluation’s GeneraTOR – A tool for writing a TOR for your evaluation

Click here to go straight to creating a new TOR and click here for the French version. Note: You'll need to be logged in to create a terms of reference.

Below is a screenshot of the GeneraTOR. The left hand side allows you to navigate through the various sections of a ToR. Typically, a good ToR would include these sections and many organisations use them in their standard TOR template.

The bold and blue section titles in the left hand side navigation menu (shown above) are the required sections based on the ToR template for IDRC, however most sections - if not all - will also be relevant to other organisations. You can include the optional sections in your ToR (shown as light grey labels above) by navigating to the section then selecting the checkbox:

The sections are ordered in a logical flow, but you can start at and navigate to other sections at any time. If you are done with a particular section, select Mark this section as complete which will add a green tick next to the section in the menu. When you return later it will be clear which sections you have finished and which still need further work.

Save your work!

The system will periodically save your work automatically, but it is highly recommended you manually save too. Click  Save at the bottom of the page to do this.

Exporting to a Word document

Each time you save your ToR you’ll be directed to a page which shows all the information you’ve entered so far. This page is private and only you can see it. From this page you can export this information into a Word document.

The exported Word document will include all the required sections plus the optional sections which you have chosen to include in your ToR. Each section heading in the document will contain [To be completed] until that section has been "Marked as complete" in the generaTOR.

To return to editing your ToR, click the “Edit” tab at the top of the page.

If you come back to the BetterEvaluation website at a later time, you can navigate to your ToR documents via your profile. Login to BetterEvaluation if you haven't already, select your name from the top-right corner of the website and your ToRs will be listed on the documents tab.

Create a Terms of Reference

Now you have read all about the GeneraTOR, here is a link to go and create your ToR in English or French.


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