Project and Programme Evaluation
It should always be the strategic goal of any organisation to enshrine project and programme evaluations in a comprehensive manner in the project managment cycle. Evaluations should be included in the project document. Evaluations contribute to secure the optimal quality and impact of development interventions. They also help project and programme managers to manage and improve their implementation. Project and Programme Evaluation can help an organisation:
- Learn from experience: With the assistance of evaluations, successes and failures can be interpreted. Based on these experiences, both current and future projects can be improved.
- Transparency: Evaluations illustrate the responsible utilisation of the resources and justify the results and their effects.
- Deepening understanding: Evaluation is a tool for deepening knowledge and understanding of the assumptions, opinions and limits of development cooperation. Evaluations are intended to contribute to a comprehensive discussion and reflection about development.
- Improved communication: An evaluation is intended to foster communication and understanding within the various stakeholders even if this can only be managed in different ways and with different participations in each case.
Project and Programme Evaluation Principles and Standards
Important principles of every project and programme evaluation are:
- Independence of Evaluators
- Participation of all Stakeholders in the Entire Process
- Transparancy and Focus
- Completeness and Clarity of Reports
- Fairness and Protection of the Interests of all Stakeholders involved
- Feedback to Decision-makers