Topic 2: Evaluation principles and guidelines

Evaluation principles and guidelines

Evaluation Principles

Utility The evaluation is oriented to the information needs of the intended users of the evaluation.
Feasibility The evaluation is conducted in a realistic, well-considered, diplomatic and cost-conscious manner.
Propriety The evaluation is conducted legally, ethically, and with due regard for the welfare of those involved in the evaluation, as well as those affected by its results.
Accuracy The evaluation produces and disseminates valid and usable information.

Evaluation Guidelines

Relevance The extent to which the objectives of a development intervention are consistent with beneficiaries’ requirements, country needs, global priorities and partners’ and donors’ policies.
Effectiveness The extent to which the development intervention’s objectives were achieved, or are expected to be achieved, taking into account their relative importance.
Efficiency A measure of how economically resources/inputs (funds, expertise, time, etc.) are converted to results
Sustainability The continuation of benefits from a development intervention after major development assistance has been completed.
Impact Positive and negative, primary and secondary long-term effects produced by a development intervention, directly or indirectly, intended or unintended.