Building an evaluative culture for effective evaluation and results management

This brief from the Institutional Learning and Change Initiative (ILAC) provides advice on building an evaluative culture allowing organisations to better manage and provide programs and services.

The Brief was developed by John Mayne and captures his knowledge on evaluation and organizational culture. The author describes evaluative culture as an organizational culture that is constantly seeking information on its performance to better manage and deliver programmes and services.

He talks about the influence of leadership, organizational support structures and learning focus as key elements in an organizational culture. 

The Brief does not provide an example of an organization which applies or has developed an evaluative culture.


The Brief is divided into sections as listed below:

  • What characterizes an evaluative culture?
  • Building an evaluative culture
  • What not to do
  • Systems of results activities or a culture of results?
  • A strategy for moving forward
  • Conclusions


Mayne, J. (2008). Building an evaluative culture for effective evaluation and results management. ILAC Brief No. 20. Rome: Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative.