International efforts to support national evaluation capacity development have in recent years recognized the importance of evaluation capacity being centred around national ownership that is linked to a country’s national vision, accountability and good governance. But despite the higher profile given evaluation by the 2015 International Year of Evaluation, the supply of and demand for evaluation is still relatively low in many countries. The African Development Bank has recently devoted two issues of its quarterly publication Evaluation Matters to this subject, with the first edition examining the challenges both on the government and the legislative side in building an evaluation system. The second edition looks at different models and approaches used in fostering and promoting monitoring and evaluation demand and supply, including a framework for developing a national monitoring and evaluation system (NMES) presented by Robert Lahey (FCES, CE). (Devising an Appropriate Strategy for Capacity Building of a National Monitoring and Evaluation_R Lahey.pdf) Lahey introduces the notion of a NMES development continuum and its importance in providing context for an appropriate capacity building strategy, drawing from the experience of five African countries.
The online versions of Evaluation Matters (both French and English) are accessible at:
Evaluation Matters, First Quarter 2018
- [English] http://idev.afdb.org/en/document/building-supply-and-demand-evaluation-vol-1
- [French] http://idev.afdb.org/fr/document/accro%C3%AEtre-l%E2%80%99offre-et-la-demande-pour-les-%C3%A9valuations-en-afrique-vol1
Evaluation Matters, Second Quarter 2018
- [English] http://idev.afdb.org/en/document/building-supply-and-demand-evaluation-africa-vol-2
- [French] http://idev.afdb.org/fr/document/accro%C3%AEtre-l%E2%80%99offre-et-la-demande-pour-les-%C3%A9valuations-en-afrique-vol2