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Improving our work through evaluation

Improving our work through evaluation

"There is nothing more constructive than evaluating and measuring the results and impact of one’s work and verifying the processes involved in carrying it out – in other words, putting one’s performance to the test. That’s how we at Doctors with Africa CUAMM envision international health project evaluation, aware both of its intrinsic value and its strategic importance in formulating evermore effective programs and activities. Recent years have seen a growing focus on monitoring and evaluation both in the world of planning in general and the field of international development more specifically, with the publication in recent years of numerous materials and guidelines on the subject. It is not just a matter of evaluating individual projects to ascertain whether expected objectives have been achieved (although that has become a must, especially in the case of activities funded by institutional donors). Rather, it is a broader, results-based approach, i.e. one that assesses the impact on a specific area of various factors, including ongoing projects, activities undertaken in partnership with local institutions and communities and our own presence. In order for development to be sustainable overtime, all these factors must interact synergically. Yet too often those conducting evaluations fail to use quality methodologies to measure and assess projects and activities. This is why we believe itis vital to organize an annual forum for debate on the subject, providing an opportunity to listen to and converse with experts as well as those who work in the field." (Editorial by Dante Carraro)

Doctors with Africa CUAMM, Health and Development, December 2016: Focus on Evaluation

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