Evaluation and Development

Following sessions of the Working Group “Evaluation and Development” are scheduled to be presented at the 14th EADI General Conference

ID Session name Date&Time Room
WGS101 Evaluating Aid Policies and Specific Initiatives. Applications at Macro-, Meso- and Micro-Level of Analysis (Session I) 24/06, 5pm S4
WGS102 Evaluating Aid Policies and Specific Initiatives. Applications at Macro-, Meso- and Micro-Level of Analysis (Session II) 25/06, 2.45pm S4


Call for Papers

Development EvaluationThe international aid effectiveness agenda (formalised and endorsed in Rome, Paris, Accra and Busan) is one of the key topics in current development policy and debate. To improve the quality of the delivery, management and use of international aid is the condition to maximise development impacts. But aid policies and projects lack evidence about what works and what does not, and at what cost.

Moreover, to examine how effectively programs were implemented and whether there are gaps between planned and realized outcomes (that is operational evaluation) is not sufficient. The precise question is: what are rigorous methods that can be used for attributing observed changes to a specific intervention? This question refers to impact evaluation studies, focused on whether the changes in well-being (in terms of  economic development, social equity and environmental sustainability) are indeed due to the program intervention and not to other factors. The OECD-DAC approaches to aid effectiveness as well as the strategies implemented to reduce poverty by non-DAC countries (China, above all) and the role of these non-DAC donor countries, and the increasing role played by non-governmental donors (private Foundations, NGOs etc.) represent all together good reasons to work seriously on methodologies and applications to improve analyses on effectiveness and impact, in order to judge merit or worth, improve programs, generate knowledge on real effectiveness.

Furthermore, the evolving development policies and mechanisms of development assistance (not only based on project model) open new challenges for the evaluation: how to evaluate the effects on cross-cutting issues such as democracy, inequality, environment, institutional capacities? How to evaluate regional and country programmes, thematic lines, sector wide approach and budget support?

Considering the EADI emphasis on both interdisciplinary and combination of conceptualization and application of research methods to concrete cases, this Working Group aims at facilitating dialogue among different disciplines on methods of evaluation leveraging on both theoretical analysis and case studies.

The proposal is to orient the debate on the questions of:

  • The key questions of evaluation applied to development cooperation.
  • The choice among mixed, complementary or alternative approaches and methods for the re-foundation of evaluation practices: quantitative/qualitative/qualitative comparative/mixed methods.
  • The specific added value and weaknesses of different methods in different contexts.

Conveners: Marco Zupi (Center For International Policy Studies, Rome) & Laura Fantini (Sapienza University of Rome)