Evaluation is not Research

Both evaluation and research are important and have their place.  But they are not the same thing.  Not so long ago I posted a link to a really good blog on what evaluation is and is not; and its worth pointing you in that direction again. Just last week I Read more…

Why Learning Matters

These days monitoring and evaluation are often bundled together with research, learning and accountability.  Agencies and NGOs come up with ever more complicated acronyms such RMEL, PEARL, MEAL, etc.  Most of the time most people can’t remember what the various letters stand for. Of course this is all done with Read more…

Love and Marriage

Some people might say that there is no such thing as a difficult client.  Instead the consultant, or supplier, just hasn’t provided the right solution. I disagree with that point of view.  I don’t think agencies set out to be difficult and I don’t think that suppliers set out to Read more…

What happens when the results are negative?

So you’ve been working hard at making a big difference in your beneficiaries’ lives, you’ve dutifully collected your monitoring data, implemented programme changes as a result of your data and your mid-term evaluation, and commissioned your end of project evaluation. Then your evaluator calls and tells you they have to Read more…

Map your troubles away

If you’ve ever spent some time in a meeting, workshop or evaluation session with me you will know that at some point I am going to draw a process map.  Getting stuff down on a piece of paper (or tablet screen) in some sort of diagramme really helps to clarify Read more…

Managing Evaluations

So I’m in the middle of setting up a new evaluation for a client, well a group of clients really and it is quite a complicated funding programme that they have asked me to look at. As usual I have set up my systems and processes for this project and Read more…

A good time to look ahead

My company’s financial year end coincides with the calendar year end.  So at this time, besides all the preparations for Christmas and the New Year festivities, I am also doing all those year end round up tasks to close one year and prepare for the next.  It is a great Read more…