R&D projects

Evaluation associations can leverage their membership to engage in knowledge construction through research and development. 


The South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA): 

SAMEA, in partnership with CREST (Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology) at Stellenbosch University and CLEAR-AA (Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results in Anglophone Africa) at the University of the Witwatersrand, offered research grants as part of a multi-year program to strengthen the country evaluation system. 

African researchers (living and working in Africa) who are doing research on evaluation in South Africa were eligible to apply to conduct research on the following topics: 

  • The current state of South Africa’s evaluation system 

  • Evaluation utilisation 

  • Profiling evaluators and the commissioners of evaluations 

  • Reviewing the evaluation architecture in SA, with specific reference to ethics, standards and competencies 

  • Identifying examples of good practice in evaluation communities of practice (or professional learning communities). 

Faster Forward Fund (3F): 

The Faster Forward Fund (3F), created through the generosity of Michael Scriven, is a 501(c)(3) organization managed by the Marin Community Foundation. The fund aims to generate the development of new perspectives on and applications of evaluation, with some preference to ‘out of the box’ or ‘long shot’ projects and proposals that are likely to find funding hard to get from the usual sources because of their departure from the current research paradigms and/or their relatively low chances of success. Funding for each project was expected to be less than $US10,000 (currently about $A13,000).


Advice for USING this option
  • Evaluation associations and societies may consider identifying funding sources for research projects on evaluation methods and processes and support members through peer reviewing their funding applications.

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Peersman, G. and Rogers, P. (2017). Pathways to advance professionalisation within the context of the Australasian Evaluation Society. Melbourne: ANZSOG/BetterEvaluation. Retrieved from:  https://www.betterevaluation.org/en/resources/pathways-advance-professio...

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Peersman, P. and Rogers, P. (2018). R&D Projects. BetterEvaluation. Retrieved from https://www.betterevaluation.org/en/evaluation-options/rd-projects 

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