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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

10 February: Evaluation management - roles and responsibilities?

as an evaluator, rather than an evaluation manager, I'd like to add my two cents. The issue of indepence needs to be taken into consideration. If an 'external' evaluation is commissioned by the implementor (p.e. country office) and they have to approve results before payment yo...

9 February: RE: Evaluation management - roles and responsibilities?

Dear Lin Canadian Red Cross is going to revise our evaluation guide, especially on internal evaluation. To this data, the majority of our evaluation is done externally. In CRC, we have evaluation manager (me) at HQ but my job is more quality control from distance (in few insta...

9 February: Evaluation management - roles and responsibilities?

Dear evaluation managers, NRC is in the processes of re-drafting its internal evaluation handbook (borrowing lots of tips from the ALNAP guide of course!) I am writing to ask how your organisation decides who should manage an evaluation and who should sit on the s...

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