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This is the continuation of the blog I started back in 2008 in https://developblog.org. Looking forward to reading your comments!

Evaluation teams, too…

…play a part in good evaluation. Of course! A friend challenged me on my last-but-one post (Evaluation - a waste of money?), saying that better evaluation terms of reference (TOR) don‘t necessarily make better evaluations. The friend is right. Sometimes evaluators do a poor job just because they don’t know how to do better, or because feel they don‘t need to meet the highest attainable standard. ...

Reflections on theory of change development

It has been a year (already!) since the conference on theory of change (ToC) development organised by the Methods circle of DeGEval, the German Evaluation Society. We met at the impressive (1950s) premises of DeStatis, the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden. It was a massively enjoyable and super well-organised event with insightful contributions about the history and practice of ToC develop ...

Evaluation – a waste of money?

The other day a friend told me something slightly shocking. They felt it made no sense anymore to commission external evaluations - because evaluation quality was shoddy and hardly anyone read the reports, anyway. To see someone draw the consequences from such a sorry state of evaluation is shocking. But it does not surprise me that the quality of their evaluations is poor. So many evaluation ...

Snapshot of my visual report

Visual reporting rocks!

Nobody reads evaluation reports. Very few people read the executive summary. What can we do? Evaluation-interested visual designers (like Chris Lysy with his wonderful evaluation cartoons) advocate for visual reports. This week I have done my first visual report and it has been incredibly helpful. I had written my evaluation report and a reasonably crisp executive summary. I had interspers ...

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