“Evaluation and Development” Working Group

News

EADI Webinar on Citizenship and Civil Society in Development

Read more: EADI Webinar on Citizenship and Civil Society in Development
22 Jun 2018

The first webinar of the Civil Society and Citizenship in Development Working Group invites everyone interested to join the session (and the group) and share approaches and ideas.

Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals: Water, Food and Climate (25-26 June 2018)

Read more: Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals: Water, Food and Climate (25-26 June 2018) (external link)
15 Jun 2018

The Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) hosts and brings together partners at UvA and other locations in the Netherlands, which work on sustainable development. More information (programme, panels etc.) are available online.

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.

Objectives

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.

Convenors

Marco Zupi
Cespi 
Center For International Policy Studies
Rome, Italy
Tel.: +39 06 6990630
marco.zupi@cespi.it

Alberto Mazzali
Cespi 
Center For International Policy Studies
Rome, Italy
Tel.: +39 06 6990630
alberto.mazzali@cespi.it

Laura Fantini
Sapienza University of Rome
Rome, Italy
Tel.: +39 347 320 74 28
laura.fantini@uniroma1.it

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