Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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What is Evaluation and Why is it Useful?

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About Evaluation
  • Gopal, Srikanth, and Hallie Preskill. 2014. "What is Evaluation, Really?" The FSG Blog, June 16.
    • Available here
    • Beginner
    • This article introduces the reader to the concept of evaluation, briefly discussing the question of “what evaluation is and what it is not." More importantly, the authors address the issue of the importance of evaluating social interventions.
  • Ed. Dr. Zint, Michaela. "Evaluation: What is it and why do it?" My Environmental Education Evaluation Resource Assistant (MEERA).
    • Available here
    • Beginner
    • This introduction to evaluation discusses whether we should or not evaluate programs, and what type of evaluation should be conducted and when. Additionally, it highlights the features of a good evaluation and discusses how to make evaluation an integral part of programming.
  • Shackman, Gene. "What is Program Evaluation? A Beginner's Guide." Free Resources for Program Evaluation, 2012.
    • Available here
    • Beginner
    • This guide presents a series of key questions related to program evaluation, namely: It presents an introduction to evaluation, from the concept of evaluation itself, to details including what methods to use (and their advantages and disadvantages).
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The resources in this section are intended to provide an overview of the field of evaluation. This introductory section can be useful particularly to peacebuilding practitioners who do not have an evaluation background.