Evaluation is important for our continent. Many things prompted me to take an interest in a career in evaluation. After my university studies, I enjoyed being involved in project and program management. This experience showed me that projects are frequently ... Read more »
I did not initially consider evaluation as a career. Having worked in the private sector for more than a decade, I became increasingly disillusioned. My main work was, in my perception, contributing primarily to shareholder value and the profit motive ... Read more »
Measuring programme effectiveness should allow for an opportunity to reflect on results that are not primarily intended by an intervention.The expectation that evaluation reports will conclusively establish the outcomes or impacts of an initiative might not be realistic. Perhaps we ... Read more »
There is need for evaluators to define what is meant by “LEARNING” from evaluations. There is an assumption in the evaluation discourse that there is a universal understanding on this. Superficially it may appear as if we all know what ... Read more »
Walking the talk Evaluation has become an integral part of programme and project design, implementation and management. This is a great achievement by those “slaving” courageous evaluators. Evaluators have become bolder and more scientific and evidence based in their search ... Read more »
Dr Backson Sibanda is an Independent Evaluation Consultant and CEO of BACTHA CONSULTING.
I’ve worked as an evaluation consultant since the start of my professional career, doing the things an evaluation consultant does: Write proposals, do evaluation work and rejoice when the reams of transformed white paper that I produce actually results in ... Read more »
Benita Williams is the principal consultant at a small evaluation consultancy based in Pretoria, South Africa, a founding board member of SAMEA and a former board member of AfrEA.
Latest posts by Benita Williams (see all)
- Encouraging Evaluators to have Multiple Perspectives - July 22, 2016
In my first blog on this platform I summarized the reasons why the Western evaluation paradigm that has in the past influenced evaluation practices in Africa significantly, are still doing so. ... Read more »
Having spent 22 years at the helm of the evaluation function in four different UN agencies and a further five years in evaluation consultancy, I find it imperative that I should now have the courage to ask whether managers and ... Read more »