GOVT-538 Program Design and Evaluation
Spring for 2013-2014
Jones, Jonathan and Oakley, Alysson
Over the past several years, the democracy assistance community has been challenged to more effectively monitor and evaluate democracy assistance programs. Implementers are being encouraged to develop more robust and refined measures to monitor and evaluate their work, with overall efforts under increasing scrutiny by policy makers. However, there is no consensus on how best to evaluate democracy assistance. The nature of complex systems makes democracy assistance particularly difficult to evaluate using traditional M&E frameworks. The field of monitoring and evaluation for democracy and governance (DG) programs is being shaped by debates over research design and methodology, and broader debates over issues such as ethics, utilization, and what – in effect – we should be evaluating. Policy makers, funders, implementers, and aid recipients themselves are in the midst of this debate. This course will review concepts and theories behind monitoring and evaluation with respect to democracy assistance, instill transferable skills through hands-on evaluation work, and explore the current debates that are shaping this dynamic field.
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