I recently read a paper on “The OECD/DAC Criteria for International Development Evaluations: An Assessment and Ideas for Improvement“. This, other papers, and my own experiences all point to the fact that evaluation practice is rapidly evolving. We’re seeing a gradual shift in the dominant paradigms – which includes the need to view things from the point of view of those that are directly benefitting (or not!) from a development initiative. Also – the need to take into account PROCESS (how we do things) and not simply WHAT we do and WHAT is achieved. 

We also see this in a number of aid instruments (such as the Paris Declaration or Sector Wide Approaches) which seem to support the shift towards greater ownership of the recipients of aid (and therefore greater responsibility). But – the question is ..do they enable both recipients and funding agencies to gain knowledge and the learning that they need in order to take up these new responsibilities in a world of shifting paradigms? Robert Chambers’ paper on “Poverty Unperceived: Traps Biases and Agenda” really got me thinking about this. 

Have a read and please share your thoughts! 

Until soon,