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Making evaluations work harder for international development

Making evaluations work harder for international development

By Michael Cooke , December 2015

NGOs invest significantly in monitoring, learning and evaluation, but their outputs rarely make it into the public domain where they could more easily be used to improve the international development programmes of the future.

This study aimed to explore, through semi-structured qualitative interviews, why some organisations publish their evaluations and others do not, and identify key enablers of and barriers to publication.

"We know that NGOs put a lot of time, effort and resource into evaluations, and the study tried to get under the skin of why so few see the public light of day", said Michael Cooke, author of the research which was commissioned by Bond.

The report makes a number of suggestions for how the sector could improve its practice around the publication and use of evaluation evidence. Read the full report here

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