Making evaluations matter: A practical guide for evaluators

This guide is primarily for evaluators working in the international development sector, but can be found useful to all. Evaluations do matter, as they can contribute to the general understanding of complex environments in which many of our development initiatives take place and help us to be innovative in the way we adapt our programmes to address the needs of intended primary users and to improve the welfare of primary stakeholders.

The guide draws heavily on Michael Quinn Patton’s Utilization- Focused Evaluation approach (2008). The importance of good evaluative practice and the need to embed evaluations into existing learning processes within organisations are emphasised.

Author: Kusters, C.S.L. et al. Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University & Research centre

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