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close this bookBasic Guide to Evaluation for Development Workers (Oxfam, 1995, 96 p.)
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Open this folder and view contents1 Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2 Putting evaluation in context
Open this folder and view contents3 Traditional and alternative models of evaluation
Open this folder and view contents4 The purpose and use of evaluation
Open this folder and view contents5 Putting evaluation into practice
Open this folder and view contents6 Some practical considerations when planning an evaluation
Open this folder and view contents7 Using evaluation: feedback and follow-up
View the documentAppendix 1 Checklist of questions
View the documentAppendix 2 Developing an evaluation plan
View the documentAppendix 3 Tasks for the team leader
View the documentAppendix 4 Suggestions for content of an evaluation report
View the documentAppendix 5 Advantages and disadvantages of external and internal evaluators
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In 19921 drafted the evaluation section of a proposed Oxfam procedures manual on project management. An adapted form has provided material for the Oxfam Handbook for Development and Relief, edited by Deborah Eade and Suzanne Williams. Some similarities may be found between this guide and parts of that text, as drafts have been swapped between us.

Particular thanks are due to Deborah Eade and Bridget Dillon, for comments, editing and friendship. Thanks, too, to Robert Nicholls for being a critical 'guinea-pig' at a particularly busy time.

This short guide to evaluation was originally intended for use within Oxfam but we hope that it will also be found helpful to a wider readership.