Michaela Raab

I facilitate (and do) evaluation.

In more than three decades in international cooperation, I have worked at all angles of the evaluation triangle/ diamond/octogon/buckminsterfullerene.

This rich experience – combined with research about evaluation, and continuous exchange with colleagues, has made me passionate about facilitating evaluation.  As an evaluation facilitator, I help creating good conditions for evaluations that serve a clear purpose – from the concept phase to the management response.

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Are evaluations pointless?

Some people – representatives of organisations commissioning evaluations, but also evaluators – appear to be so fed up with ill-planned, poorly conceptualised, and shoddily implemented evaluations that they don’t want to do any evaluations anymore. I understand their frustration. See my recent blog post on the subject.

But let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater. There are many ways of doing evaluation that serves its purpose. Actually, just starting with a clear definition of the evaluation purpose can make a big difference. And then there are a zillion ways of doing it. That is why I propose evaluation facilitation at the core of my services.

Better terms of reference (TORs) for better evaluations!

The terms of reference set the stage for an evaluation. If that stage is shoddy, it might collapse mid-play. If it is too narrow, don’t expect the play to be grand. The TOR are the place where people who commission evaluations can determine its course. It is the single document you can be certain any evaluator will study before starting to work.  Investing in clear, comprehensive, yet inspiring TOR will yield more useful evaluations. Watch my blog for future tips on this subject. Or book me for a PME clinic on TOR development coaching.  

In 2022 and 2023, the World Food Programme convened an Evaluation Methods Advisory Panel (EMAP) that I have been part of. At the end of every year, we prepared a report summarising our insights from reviewing and providing methods advice on a broad range of evaluations. You can find the 2024 report here.

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