Managing the "Politics" of Evaluation

Coming soon - March 2016

This course considers some of the challenges that evaluators and evaluation contract managers face when striving to have an impartial evaluation of a programme. The topic is highly sensitive, but relevant to all sectors. However, the course will focus in particular on the humanitarian context where it has been less openly discussed. Although there are certainly political factors stemming from ideological and policy debates that can affect the “success” of an intervention, this course will particularly focus on how the “political” interests of the various partners involved can influence the evaluation process. It will consider some of the main elements giving rise to a conflict of interest :
- between the evaluator and programme sponsors and implementers,
- between the evaluation contract manager and her/his organisation’s internal partners.
The course will then go on to look at what measures can be taken to address these potential threats and protect the professional integrity of the evaluator and the contract manager.
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    By the end of the course, the learner will :

    - Understand why evaluation is essentially a “political” activity;
    - Understand how different combinations of the “tricky triangle” of (evaluator, commissioner and the evaluand) can affect evaluator independence (and dependence);
    - Develop the skills needed to recognise the different types of “political” pressure that can come to the fore before, during and at the end of the evaluation study;
    - Understand the benefits and limits of some of the key strategies that have been used to deal with such challenges.