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Using humanitarian evaluations


Interactive ALNAP Study
Using evaluation for a change:
Insights from humanitarian practitioners
L'évaluation pour un vrai changement : Le point
de vue des praticiens humanitaires

Usando evaluaciones
para un cambio real: Perspectiva de los
especialistas humanitarios

Valid International
and ALNAP have developed 'Using evaluation for a change', an interactive study that aims to increase individuals', teams' and organisations' ability to commission, conduct, and utilise evaluations in a more effective way.

In June 2014, we hosted a webinar with the authors, Francesca Bonino and Alistair Hallam, introducing this interactive study.

Why a study on using evaluations?

For over seven years ALNAP has been involved in research to find out how the humanitarian system can benefit from evaluations and how barriers to utilising evaluation findings can be overcome. 

Significant evaluation expertise resides within the organisations that make up ALNAP’s Membership, and there is considerable untapped potential for cross-organisational learning in this area.

We have seen a significant increase in the quality and quantity of humanitarian evaluations over the past years. We have also witnessed a significant amount of learning that has taken place within organisations as to the best way to commission, carry-out and follow-up on evaluations. However, as Peta Sandison has stated in our 2006 Review of Humanitarian Action, it has become clear that opportunities to maximise benefit from evaluations are not always taken.


Latest discussions from the Humanitarian Evaluation Community of Practice

29 June: What is your 2 min 'evaluation pitch'?

Dear Alexandra and all, Here is my 3-sentence person-in-the-street explanation on what I do as an evaluation professional: I ask people who work for peace and justice what questions they need answered in order to do a better job. Then I get the necessary informati...

29 June: What is your 2 min 'evaluation pitch'?

Hi there, I am an independent M&E consultant based in the UK, and this is my pitch: "I evaluate projects in war-torn countries. I help organizations find out what is working well and less well and whether their projects are improving the live...

29 June: What is your 2 min 'evaluation pitch'?

Dear Alexandra, Greetings from India! I think you have brought out a very interesting problem... My pitch will be, "My organization, as a humanitarian organization is committed to reducing hunger. However measuring what we do is right is importan...

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