Evaluation Standards for Latin America and the Caribbean

Evaluation is growing in importance in the region. The professional demand from institutions is responded to through focuses and practices which vary in terms of quality and depth. The differences observed in evaluation affects professionalisation and how useful they are for decision-making, learning lessons, accountability and public deliberation on social policies and actions.

In order to address this diversity of realities, international experience demonstrates the importance of having standards which act as guiding references for the professional work of evaluators.

These definitions have been compiled by various organisations, professional associations and cooperation agencies. For example, standards have been defined by institutions belonging to the United Nations; evaluation associations from the USA (AEA), Europe (EES) and Africa (AFREA); and national associations and networks such as those in Germany, Canada, France, Switzerland among others.

They all share core definitions and recognise the shared element inherent to the professional exercise of evaluation, whatever the social or cultural context.

Given the field of evaluation’s relatively recent development in Latin America, it is of upmost importance to have a common guidance framework similar to those in other regions. As well as gathering shared core principles, other dimensions should be considered which are unique and relevant to our rich and diverse reality in Latin America.

For this reason, the Network of Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematisation for Latin America and the Caribbean decided to organise a working group to address this topic and draft the publication, Evaluation Standards for Latin America and the Caribbean. This is available in Spanish, Portuguese and English and is the fruit of the collective work of many people who have contributed their ideas and time. This was achieved with the support of FOCEVAL and the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) who helped organise and run activities.

A few days ago, an animated video introducing the project was launched. It is currently available in two versions (short and extended) in Spanish and one version in English and Portuguese.

English version

Spanish (extended) version

Spanish (short) version

Portuguese version

We hope it will be useful to everyone who is interested in carrying out quality evaluations. We invite you to discover these materials and share them with your colleagues and peers!

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Adding experiences and lessons learned!

Hello colleagues and friends! We wanted to let you know that we have “uploaded” a new evaluation experience that integrates social participation to the Resources section of EvalParticipativa.

It is called “Mejora de la calidad educativa para la inserción de poblaciones vulnerables en América Latina” (Improving educational quality for integration of vulnerable groups in Latin America), rolled out by Entreculturas and Fe y Alegria, with the support of the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) between 2010 and 2015.

You can access the final report and two informative videos on the evaluation’s process and results in Chapter 6 of  RESOURCES/EvalParticipativa experiences.

We would like to thank Belén Rodríguez Navas from the Unit of Planning, Evaluation and Quality at Entreculturas for getting involved with EvalParticipativa and sharing this valuable material with us. We would like to invite all those who have participated in similar experiences to share what you have learned with us!

Greetings from the EvalParticipativa team!

Call to present participatory evaluation experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean

Dear colleagues,

We would like to announce a call to present positive experiences of participatory evaluation developed in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Those accepted will constitute the first stage in developing the first regional gathering on the topic, organised by EvalParticipativa, developed by PETAS at the National University of San Juan and the  FOCELAC project by DEval, which will take place at the end of November. The country, place and dates are to be confirmed.  We will shortly provide more details on the project and this invitation to participate.

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VALUABLE RESOURCES ON PARTICIPATORY EVALUATION FOR LEARNING AND SHARING

Dear colleagues and friends,

In our RESOURCES section of EvalParticipativa, we have created an online repository of materials with a direct and explicit focus on the topic of participatory evaluation in general, and its theory and practice in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean in particular. We would like to share its content with you and invite you to contribute.

The aim of this RESOURCES section within the framework of the EvalParticipativa initiative is to make relevant and useful material from our field of interest available to everyone interested. The resources section includes three sub-sections:

  1. Guides and Manuals, which usually stem from specific experiences of participatory evaluation and which use the lessons learned to highlight benchmarks in the evaluation process. Although some of the documents introduce conceptual discussions, the focus is on how to carry out evaluation processes with social participation.

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Participatory Evaluation for action. TECHO experiences in Chile and Mexico

An online seminar was held on 6 June to share participatory evaluation experiences from the ‘Mesas de Trabajo’ (Working Groups) run by TECHO in Latin America and the Caribbean.

More than forty people from different countries in the region participated. They shared the common strategy designed to evaluate these experiences, highlighting aspects such as the results, process, methodologies, difficulties and achievements.

TECHO is an organisation which works to eradicate poverty in human settlements in Latin America. This is achieved through the combined efforts of residents living in poverty and exclusion and young volunteers.

By working together, they implement projects that respond to the main issues identified in the community such as the need to construct emergency housing, manage access to essential services or construct shared spaces.

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Welcome to this new community!

Dear colleagues and friends,

We are delighted to launch EvalParticipativa, Community of Practice and Learning for Participatory Evaluation for Latin America and the Caribbean, a joint initiative run by the research programme, PETAS, at the national university of San Juan, Argentina, together with Focelac, an evaluation capacity development and networking project in Latin America run by the German Institute for Development Evaluation, DEval.

We have already attracted a few partners including TECHO, ReLAC and the Poverty Alleviation Foundation and its programme, Servicio País and rely on the strength and motivation that comes from peer-to-peer work.  We believe that community is incredibly useful for deepening knowledge and experience through different ways of interacting (training sessions, tool fairs and events, webinars, publications, etc).

We want to share with, and learn from, all those who are involved in an evaluative process in one way or another: evaluators, decision-makers who request an evaluation, civil society organisations who make use of programmes and projects, researchers and teaching staff dedicated to evaluation, among others. Our aim is to create virtual and/or face-to-face spaces where people who are interested in participatory evaluation can reflect upon and improve their practices; be supported in their efforts; and build products together (methodologies and tools) which help professionalise the practice of participatory evaluation. A key feature of our learning community, given its dialogic framework, is that the facilitator has the role of encouraging each participant to share their knowledge and suggest concepts, methodologies and tools.

We, therefore, invite anyone who is interested in this topic to get involved and participate in this Community of Practice and Learning. This online space for the EvalParticipativa community includes MORE information about who we are; our aims and activities; resources and materials that we want to share; and ways and means to communicate and network. We will continue to post news and updates from our Community of Practice here. We invite you to follow us, subscribe and share your own experiences, materials or tools. You can also follow us and participate on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

We trust that this project will keep growing and we are relying on the active presence of diverse participants from our region. We look forward to hearing from you!

Bye for now!

Esteban Tapella, Pablo Rodriguez Bilella (PETAS-UNSJ), Juan Carlos Sanz and Andrea Meneses (Focelac-DEval)