2015 has been declared the International Year of Evaluation, by a global movement of international partners seeking to enhance the capacity of Civil Society Organisations to influence policymakers and public opinion, and ensure public policies are based on evidence.
Our latest In Focus briefing considers the role of evaluation; the role of evaluation in programme planning; value for money; social return on investment; international experience; UK approaches; and the ethics of evaluation.
The primary purpose of evaluation is offering a way of determining whether a programme, project or initiative has been a worthwhile investment. It can help to shape and improve current initiatives as a means of reflection, correcting problems and finding what works.
However, there are many challenges to be overcome in carrying out evaluation such as:
- setting realistic expectations
- clear purpose and audience
- lack of information and evidence
To find out more download the briefing here.
Find out more about the 2015 International Year of Evaluation here.
Read our recent blog on why using UK-sourced evidence when making policy or practice decisions is important.
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