“Evaluation and Development” Working Group


New EADI programme: Develop your talents!

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02 Oct 2017

The EADI Mentoring Programme “Develop Your Talents” provides young scholars with the chance to exchange with someone further advanced in their career. The mentoring does not offer professional coaching to the mentees, but accompaniment on a younger sister/elder sister level. As some of our mentors are also active in the Working Groups, opportunities for further collaboration may arise.

Webinar: EADI Working Group on “Post-colonial Perspectives on and within Development Studies”.

Read more: Webinar: EADI Working Group on “Post-colonial Perspectives on and within Development Studies”.
02 Oct 2017

On 20 October 2017 at 1400 hrs Central European Time (GMT +2 hrs) the EADI Working group will organise a webinar with the following topics:.

1. Dr. Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha, Ph.D Topic: Did Postcolonial Studies fail to emancipate the consciousness of the colonized self? How can one explain the chasm between Postcolonial theory and practice?  2. Dr. Epifania Amoo-Adare Topic: (Un)thinking Science: Critical Literacies for 'Postnormal' Times Dr. Amoo-Adare is Associated Researcher at Center for Development Research (ZEF).

About the Working Group

The international aid effectiveness agenda (formalized and endorsed in Rome, Paris, Accra and Busan) is one of the key topics in current development policy and debate.

To improve the quality of the delivery, management and use of international aid is the condition to maximize development impacts. But aid policies, programmes and projects lack evidence about what works and what does not, why and at what cost. This learning contributes to improve the development effectiveness of aid and helps hold donors and partner country governments accountable for results.Moreover, to examine how effectively programs were implemented and whether there are gaps between planned and realized outcomes (that is operational evaluation) is not sufficient.

The precise question is: which are alternative and complementary rigorous methods that can be used for attributing observed changes to a specific intervention? This question refers to impact evaluation studies, focused on whether the changes in well-being (in terms of  economic development, social equity and environmental sustainability) are indeed due to the program intervention and not to other factors.

The OECD-DAC approaches to aid effectiveness as well as the strategies implemented to reduce poverty by non DAC countries (China, above all) and the role of these non-DAC donor countries, and the increasing role played by non-governmental donors (private Foundations, NGOs etc) represent all together good reasons to work seriously on methodologies and applications to improve analyses on effectiveness and impact, in order to judge merit or worth, improve programs, generate knowledge on real effectiveness.


Considering the EADI emphasis on both interdisciplinarity and combination of conceptualization and application of research methods to concrete cases, this working group aims at facilitating dialogue among different disciplines on methods of evaluation leveraging on both theoretical analysis and case studies.The proposal of the Working Group is to orient the debate on the following main issues:

  • The key questions of evaluation applied to development studies and international development cooperation.
  • The choice among mixed, complementary or alternative approaches and methods for improving the quality of evaluation practices: quantitative/qualitative/qualitative comparative/ mixed methods.
  • The specific added value and the weaknesses of different methods in different contexts and applied to complex adaptive systems.

Future activities

Creation of a web tools-based forum for discussion and mutual learning. The launch of peer-review exercises on ongoing and/or already published evaluations coming from the WG's members and other international stakeholders.

Seminars and workshops about theoretical issues and case study experiences in the framework of existing field researches and projects in order to strengthen collaborations and exchanges among the WG’s members.

Abstracts, articles and publications to be submitted to EADI newsletter, European Journal of Development Research and to EADI General Conference.


Marco Zupi
Center For International Policy Studies
Rome, Italy
Tel.: +39 06 6990630

Alberto Mazzali
Center For International Policy Studies
Rome, Italy
Tel.: +39 06 6990630

Laura Fantini
Sapienza University of Rome
Rome, Italy
Tel.: +39 347 320 74 28

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