Evaluation Standards and Policies

Evaluation Matters: Value for Money in Development


eVALUation Matters is a quarterly publication from Independent Development Evaluation at the African Development Bank Group. It provides different perspectives and insights on evaluation and development issues. This issue focuses on the concept of value for money in development work.

Evaluation Standards for Latin America and the Caribbean


The evaluation standards for Latin America and the Caribbean were developed by a task force of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Evaluation (ReLAC), with support by DEval’s Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) Project FOCEVAL.

Revitalising Evidence-based Policy for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030: Lessons from Existing International Science Partnerships


Author: Elizabeth Carabine 

Publication date: April 23, 2015

The convergence of agreements on disaster risk reduction (DRR), development finance, sustainable development and climate change in 2015 presents a unique opportunity for coherence across these inter-related policy areas.

Evidence Changes Lives: Realizing Evaluation’s Potential to Inform the Global Sustainable Development Goals


Publication date: March 2015

Evaluation will become more necessary for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. In this publication, in 2015 the International Year of Evaluation, we seek to demonstrate how evaluation makes a difference.

GIZ’s Results-Based Monitoring System Framework of reference.


Author: GIZ Monitoring and Evaluation Unit

This framework of reference sets out what we at GIZ mean when we talk about results-based monitoring. It describes the underlying concept of results-based monitoring and defines the criteria and principles.

The framework is designed to enhance the effectiveness of GIZ development measures by mainstreaming results-based monitoring in commission management.

It is aimed at all GIZ staff members, development advisors and integrated experts, and serves as information for partners, commissioning parties and clients.

The 2014 Reader on Results Measurement: Current thinking on the DCED Standard


Edited by: Adam Kessler
Publication: 2014

The 2014 Reader on Results Measurement summarises key background information for the second Global Seminar took on Results Measurement that took place from 24 to 26 March in Bangkok.  It discusses current thinking on the DCED Standard for Measuring Results.

CRS Guidance on Monitoring and Evaluation


Authors: Hagens, C. et alii. (for Catholic Relief Services)

Publication date: 2013

This handbook by the Catholic Relief Services provides guidance for designing and implementing a monitoring and evaluation system. The standards in the handbook provide practical quality-control considerations for individual components of an M&E system.

What counts as good evidence?


Author(s): Nutley, S; Powell, A; Davies, H.

Publication Date: 2012 

Making better use of evidence is essential if public services are to deliver more for less. Central to this challenge is the need for a clearer understanding about standards of evidence that can be applied to the research informing social policy. This paper reviews the extent to which it is possible to reach a workable consensus on ways of identifying and labelling evidence.

Making Sense of 'Evidence'. Notes on the Discursive Politics of Research and Pro-Poor Policy Making.


Author(s): du Toit, A.

Publication Date: 2012 

This PLAAS paper explores some of the assumptions underlying ‘evidence based’ approaches to poverty reduction impact assessment. It takes a critical stance on Evidence-Based Policy and stresses that approaches to policy change need to focus on how evidence is used in the politically loaded and ideologically compelling ‘policy narratives’ that contest rival policy frameworks. A South African case study is included.

Michael Patton keynote speech Evaluation Conclave 2013, Nepal


This video is a registration of the keynote speech of Dr. Michael Q. Patton during the Evaluation Conclave 2013 in Nepal. It is a virtual presentation, called ‘Innovative directions for evaluation of development’, discussing ten innovative developments of evaluation as a profession. Ample attention is paid to new frameworks and criteria.

(DAY 3 keynote speech)