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close this bookBasic Guide to Evaluation for Development Workers (Oxfam, 1995, 96 p.)
close this folder4 The purpose and use of evaluation
View the document4.1 Reasons for evaluation
View the document4.2 Judging success and failure
View the document4.3 Measuring quantity and quality
View the document4.4 What evaluation can do
View the document4.5 What evaluation can not and should not be used for

4.4 What evaluation can do

1 Evaluation can improve the management of programmes and projects and related activities, and point to the better usage of funds and other resources.

2 Evaluation can help people to learn from experience so as to improve the relevance, methods, and results of projects and programmes, for current and future work.

3 Evaluation can increase accountability:
· to donors: to meet their demands that resources are being used effectively, efficiently and for agreed objectives;
· of donors to the organisations they fund and work with;
· to the men and women in whose name these organisations are working.

4 Evaluation can provide information to enhance communications, within projects and organisations, and between different stakeholders, and also for advocacy work.