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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

18 March: UPCOMING WEBINAR on using the Contribution to Change evaluation methodology - example from the Philippines (Thu. 26th March 10.00 GMT)

Dear Humanitarian Evaluation CoP, Next week, DEC together with the ALNAP Secretariat, will hold a webinar to discuss the use of the Contribution to Change methodology in the Philippines following the response to Typhoon Haiyan. The webinar will showcase how this e...

12 March: WEBINAR: Evaluating contribution to change in the Philippines

Hi all, Thought you might be interested in the upcoming ALNAP/DEC webinar examining the application of the Contribution to Change methodology in the DEC’s recent evaluation of the response to Typhoon Haiyan. The webinar will be held on Thursday 26th March at 10am ...

6 March: Evaluating partnerships

Dear All, I hope all your current humanitarian evaluation endeavours are going well. Just a quick follow up message to build on the tips that John Cosgrave kindly shared with us this morning. First of all, let me express my gratitude to the ALNAP team for making...

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