sharingWater and sanitation sector (WSS) specialists from 10 African countries and experts from Europe and Africa will meet in Rabat, Morocco, from November 13 to 14, 2013, to discuss lessons from evaluations of WSS projects in Africa. Water and sanitation services are critical for urban and rural populations. However, evaluation findings indicate that funding alone will not ensure sustainable services; Technical and human capacity is essential to meet the range of challenges and achieve needed results. This is particularly true in a context of global warming and increasing urban density in African cities.

The workshop, jointly organized by the African Development Bank’s Operations Evaluation Department and the Islamic Development Bank Group Evaluation Group, aims to foster learning from self- and independent evaluations. Indeed, evaluations of water and sanitation projects implemented by development agencies provide useful lessons about what works well and what does not work. They offer concrete knowledge that can improve services for beneficiary populations and ensure the sustainability of projects. Appropriating and using evaluation processes and results and thinking effectively is an essential first step to doing things better.

Evaluation is an effective learning tool that can help improve development interventions in Africa and ensure that they are effective and are making a difference in the lives of Africans. The African Development Bank, along with its partner countries, aims to ensure that its programs and projects are managed for results, and that suitable management practices and controls are in place and are working.

Welcome to ECoP, the Community of Practice for the Operations Evaluation Department (OPEV) of the African Development Bank. OPEV is an independent unit dedicated to enhancing the development effectiveness of the Bank and its regional member countries.

You are welcome to join like-minded professionals to share views and exchange knowledge on evaluation issues. Evaluation maters.

opevEvaluation capacity development in Regional Member Countries (RMCs) has long been part of mandate of the Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank. In this context, IDEV is organising a series of evaluation trainings as part of its evaluation capacity development program, specifically, a pilot project on strengthening national evaluation systems in Ethiopia and Tanzania with funding from the Finnish Trust Fund.

The overall aim of the evaluation capacity development program is to encourage and facilitate promulgation of the use of evaluation information in policymaking and resource allocation in all levels of governments in the pilot countries. This would contribute to a culture of evidence-based decision-making in the public sector, and improve development outcomes of the public investment program.

The IPDET’s Core Course provides participants with a comprehensive overview of development monitoring and evaluation. The Core Course is made up of 14 instructional modules, which follow chapters in The Road to Results: Designing and Conducting Effective Development Evaluations, co-authored by Linda G. Morra Imas and Ray C. Rist. Please see attached the preliminary schedule. The course is designed for those with little prior evaluation experience or training, or those seeking to refresh and update their knowledge. Special emphasis is placed on the following:

  • understanding the development evaluation context;
  • constructing and using theories of change;
  • developing a results-based monitoring system;
  • using an evaluation design matrix to plan an evaluation; and
  • considering the full range of designs for answering evaluation questions.

evaluationThe focus on results has been prominent part of the development agenda in the last decade. Muchofthediscussionofresultshasfocusedonoutcomemonitoring,suchastheattention devoted to tracking the Millennium Development Goals. Whilst useful, outcome monitoringcannottellustheimpactofaninterventionandsocannotbeusedtomakeanassessment of the contribution an agency has made to development.