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Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia

April 27, 2016

IDRC is a long-time supporter of South Asia's Community of Evaluators to advance evaluation practices in the region. With representation from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, the Community of Evaluators first came together in 2008. Since then, it has worked jointly on a number of initiatives including cross-regional meetings and interaction forums, developing an active web platform, and introducing the highly successful Evaluation Conclave series. 

A recent achievement of the Community is the publication of the book,Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia. The book brings together a community of experts, and creates a space and platform to stimulate dynamic exchange and interaction among evaluation experts in South Asia.  

A first-of-its-kind collection of writings by evaluation professionals working in South Asia, Making Evaluation Matter analyzes and documents the status of, and challenges for, development evaluation in the region. Some of these challenges relate to social, political, and economic inequity, touching on such issues as poverty reduction, health, nutrition, and rights and social justice-oriented programs.

The collection covers three critical dimensions of making evaluation matter in the context of development processes and change in South Asia. Chapters draw on a depth of experience from evaluators in several South Asian countries who explore how the regional context influences evaluative methods and the challenges of putting evaluation findings into practice.

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For more details, contact Robert McLean, Senior Program Specialist with IDRC’s Policy, Strategy and Evaluation Division at: