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close this bookBasic Guide to Evaluation for Development Workers (Oxfam, 1995, 96 p.)
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View the documentAcknowledgements
close this folder1 Introduction
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View the document1.1 Situations which might involve evaluation
View the document1.2 Questions about evaluation
View the document1.3 The aim of the guide, and what it covers
close this folder2 Putting evaluation in context
View the document2.1 Evaluation in the project cycle
View the document2.2 Appraisal, monitoring and evaluation
close this folder2.3 The relationship between appraisal, monitoring and evaluation
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View the document2.3.4 Appraisal, monitoring and evaluation in the project cycle
View the document2.4 The stakeholders in development action
close this folder3 Traditional and alternative models of evaluation
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View the document3.2 Reassessment of evaluation: the challenge for NGOs
View the document3.3 Ideas about development and the role of evaluation
View the document3.4 Alternative approaches to evaluation
View the document3.5 Power and control
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
close this folder5 Putting evaluation into practice
View the document5.1 Developing evaluable projects and programmes
View the document5.2 The key questions
close this folder5.3 Why and for whom is an evaluation to be done?
View the document5.3.1 Why is She evaluation being done?
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close this folder5.4 When should the evaluation take place?
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View the document5.4.1 When, in the life of a project, should evaluation take place?
View the document5.4.2 Other times when evaluations take place
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close this folder5.5 What is the scope and focus of the evaluation?
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View the document5.5.1 The focus of an evaluation
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View the document5.5.4 Who chooses the criteria?
View the document5.5.5 What indicators should be used?
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close this folder5.6 Who will manage the evaluation and who will carry it out?
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View the document5.6.1 What skills are needed within the evaluation team?
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View the document5.6.3 Participatory evaluation
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close this folder5.7 How will the evaluation be done?
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View the document5.7.1 What information will be needed?
close this folder5.8 How much will the evaluation cost, and what resources are needed?
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close this folder5.9 Reporting back and follow up: how to make sure evaluation information is used
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View the document5.9.1 The uses of evaluation results
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close this folder6 Some practical considerations when planning an evaluation
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View the document6.1 Stages in evaluation
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close this folder6.3 Planning and managing an evaluation
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View the document6.3.1 Drawing up the terms of reference (TOR)
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View the document6.3.7 Resources and logistical arrangements
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View the document6.6 Arranging meetings
View the document6.7 Analysis
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close this folder6.9 Writing the final report
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close this folder7 Using evaluation: feedback and follow-up
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View the document7.1 Initial feedback
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View the document7.3 Dissemination
View the document7.4 Institutional learning
View the document7.5 Barriers to learning and change
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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4.5 What evaluation can not and should not be used for

1 Evaluation is not decision-making, but can only provide information for decision-makers.
2 Evaluation should not be used to protect managers from the need to face difficult decisions.
3 Evaluation should not be used for crisis management.