Evaluation Methods for the European Union's External Assistance

This volume presents most of what needs to be known in order to manage or to carry out an evaluation, using a standardised terminology in three languages (English, Spanish and French) that contributes towards the OECD Development Aid Committee's efforts at harmonisation (see p. 92).  It offers complete, concrete and tested solutions to many common problems, including the most difficult ones, such as clarifying the intervention rationale, formulating evaluation questions, designing an option and analysing the impacts. 

The volume consists of two main parts:

The process: object of the evaluation; timing; utilisation; players of the evaluation and their roles 

On options: intervention strategy; evaluation questions (usefulness, feasibility, formulation); judgement references (criteria and indicators); methodological design; data collection and analysis; value judgement (conclusions, lessons and recommendations); and, finally, quality assurance

Contents

I. INTRODUCTION.
II. THE EVALUATION PROCESS 
1 Subject of the evaluation.
2 Timing of the evaluation
3 Use of the evaluation
4 The players and their roles
III. ON METHODS
5 Intervention strategy
6 Evaluation questions
7 Judgement references 
8 Methodological design 
9 Data collection
10 Analysis
11 Judgement
12 Quality assurance

Source

EuropeAid Co-operation Office Joint Evaluation Unit,(2006) Evaluation Methods for the European Union's External Assistance. Methodological Bases fro Evaluation, Volume 1, Luxemburg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. Retrieved from http://www.oecd.org/dac/evaluation/dcdndep/47469160.pdf 

European Commission

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