Monitoring and evaluation for thinking and working politically

Resource type
Authors/contributors
Title
Monitoring and evaluation for thinking and working politically
Abstract
This article explores the challenges of monitoring and evaluating politically informed and adaptive programmes in the international development field. We assess the strengths and weaknesses of some specific evaluation methodologies which have been suggested as particularly appropriate for these kinds of programmes based on scholarly literature and the practical experience of the authors in using them. We suggest that those methods which assume generative causality are particularly well suited to the task. We also conclude that factoring in the politics of uncertainty and evidence generation and use is particularly important in order to recognize and value diverse experiential knowledge, integrate understandings of the local context, accommodate adaptation and realistically grapple with the power relations which are inherent in evaluation processes.
Publication
Evaluation
Volume
28
Issue
1
Pages
36-57
Date
2022-01-01
Journal Abbr
Evaluation
Language
en
ISSN
1356-3890
Accessed
21/03/2022, 11:55
Library Catalog
SAGE Journals
Extra
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Citation
Aston, T., Roche, C., Schaaf, M., & Cant, S. (2022). Monitoring and evaluation for thinking and working politically. Evaluation, 28(1), 36–57. https://doi.org/10.1177/13563890211053028