Research Officer - Evaluation, Learning, Accountability, ALNAP
25 June 2012, 14:46
I am interested to hear what people think humanitarian evaluation can / should learn from other evaluation fields, and vice versa.
I've written a short blog http://www.alnap.org/blog/75.aspx on why I think Evaluation of Humanitarian Action (EHA) should not always be viewed as a 'special case' -- an exceptional niche in the broader aid evaluation practice - especially if this risks sidelining or disconnecting EHA from the rest of the evaluation world because of the particular contextual constraints involved.
In fact, I argue that when it comes to evaluating humanitarian action, we need a 'double-barrelled' reality check:
• Looking inwards, within our sector, at those practising EHA, at those involved with commissioning, managing, learning from and using EHA results; but also
• Looking outwards, at the broader field of evaluation research and practice (including the development aid evaluation one).
If you are an evaluator confronted with EHA challenges, or more broadly, if you have an interest in humanitarian evaluation issues, I would be really keen to hear how are you juggle this reality-check between humanitarian-specific evaluation information sources and discussions, and the broader evaluation debate beyond our 'special' field of practice.