Welcome to these pages on the DEVCO/ESS Evaluation in Crisis Initiative!

Evaluations happen anytime and anywhere, but circumstances can be far from ideal. After our efforts to collect best practices and lessons on Evaluation in Hard-to-Reach Areas, we now widen our scope to Evaluation in Crisis in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Read on to find resources to support your work. We populate this site with documents, webinars & video, on topics such as:

  • How do we need to adapt our processes to move quickly?
  • What data collection techniques are best suited in a crisis situation?
  • Do we need to review our evaluation ethics?
  • How do we check facts when using remote techniques?
  • Can we still contribute to sustainability and if so: how?

Additionally, we have started our own blog series, and a brand new podcast series, containing interviews with some of the finest evaluators and evaluation commissioners from around the world on their experience with adapting evaluation to crisis situations.

Why Evaluation in Crisis?

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced most of the world into isolation and it is likely to remain like this for some time. These unprecedented circumstances raise numerous questions for our work within the field of International Development and Cooperation. All of a sudden, the majority of the contexts have become ‘hard to reach’ and we meet challenges in accessing project beneficiaries and stakeholders.

This calls for donors and practitioners to reflect on what can and cannot be realistically done during this global emergency – and how. As the crisis unfolds, timely and adequate evaluation is bound to become even more important. However, methods of work and tools have to be adapted to the situation.

This initiative will help us learn lessons that are relevant not just now, but also for other crisis situations to come.

 

Get in touch!

Do you have questions? Or do you have experiences to share and resources to contribute? Please email us at evalcrisis@evaluationsupport.eu.

Would you like to stay informed of new resources and developments, such as the publication of new interesting references, the release of webinars and podcasts? Please register your email address here; an opt-out system will be included in our messages.

DEVCO staff: ESS provides dedicated helpdesk support to discuss your plans and see how best your planned evaluations can be adapted to the present crisis; contact us at helpdesk@evaluationsupport.eu to arrange a call.

 

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Resources for you

Check out resources by clicking on the following links: documents, webinars & video, podcasts and our own blog series #EvalCrisis

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The Evaluation Support Service

As the Evaluation Support Service to the DG DEVCO of the European Commission, we support EU Delegations and DEVCO Units to get the most out of evaluations. Some of our initiatives are also open to the wider evaluation community.