Do no harm
- Make informed choices about evaluation methods and processes to suit the particular situation.
- Identify benefits and risks in the methods and processes available - especially for those left behind or excluded.
- Learn from experiences in your own organisation and sector, and from others currently and in the past.
- Review quality and impact of evaluation - especially for those left behind or excluded - in a systematic manner, and take action to improve.
Do maximum good
- Embed evaluative thinking and evidence throughout planning and implementation, not only on completion of a project.
- Act strategically to make decisions about where to focus evaluation efforts.
- Address equity issues in every step of the evaluation process.
Principles guiding BetterEvaluation's work and engagement
- Curate existing knowledge about the full range of evaluation methods and processes, not advocating for any one method or process.
- Support decision-making. Co-create new knowledge about which methods and processes suit particular situations and how to use them well.
- Provide tools for understanding equity implications of decisions at each stage of evaluation.
- Look across boundaries. Draw on learnings from different organisations, sectors and disciplines, as well as regions, languages, knowledges and experiences.
- Support application and adaption of new knowledge to people's own context and document emerging learnings.
- Start from local needs and priorities and design learning and resources around these.
- Learn about, respect and work appropriately within the local culture.
- Identify and build on existing knowledge and strengths.
- Design for learning over time rather than one-off events so that learners are supported over a period of time.
- Establish true partnerships for mutual learning.