Wicked Thinking!

In my last blog I was talking about being aware of different perspectives.  Actually perspectives is a key principle of systems thinking.  I’m doing a lot of reading on systems thinking at the moment and reacquainting myself with three key systems concepts: Inter-relationships, Perspectives and Boundaries.  This is because Bob Read more…

We don’t always know better

Last week I mentioned that NGOs should do lots of regular beneficiary testing (or user testing) when developing their projects, activities, products, interventions, etc. I thought I’d expand a little on that idea.  You see we’ve spent over 50 years “doing development” in the global south and in some places people Read more…

2015 is the year of evaluation

2015 has been designated as the year of evaluation.  It is intended to be an opportunity to advocate and promote evaluation and evidence-based policy making at international, regional, national and local levels.  This global conversation about the role of evaluations wants to increased the amount of policy that is informed by Read more…

All in it together?

Increasingly NGOs and development agencies are either choosing or being required to work in partnerships and coalitions to better take advantage of funding opportunities or to better deliver interventions on the ground. Monitors and evaluators are increasingly being presented with coalitions and consortiums as entities that need to be measured, Read more…

Accountability towards Beneficiaries

Many Terms of Reference for evaluations these days expect you to include focus groups and surveys/commentaries from beneficiaries as evidence of whether the intervention worked.  But sometimes, this is the only real interaction with the project design or planning process that beneficiaries get.  Shocking I hear you cry.  Well no, not Read more…

Telling a Story

We are a strange bunch, us NGO folk: we deal in change, design theories of change and logic models to show us the way and create toolkits and handbooks to help us along the way and commission reports to tell us where we have been and where we might want Read more…