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Half Empty or Half Full? The State of Development Evaluation, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 12:30 to 14:00

SID-Washington's Monitoring & Evaluation Workgroup in conjunction with Charney Research, Present: 


Half Empty or Half Full? The State of Development Evaluation, 2013

SID-W Survey Presentation by Craig Charney, President, Charney Research


Thursday, October 24th, 2013 

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.


1101 15th Street, NW, 3rd Floor

Washington, DC 


Dr. Charney will discuss the progress made in development evaluation - and how far there is still to go, based on a survey of 624 development evaluation professionals connected with SID-W.  His talk is aimed at all the groups involved in the poll - development contractors, funders, and independent operators.  Topics will include:

  • How often projects include both performance and impact, or baseline and follow-up evaluations
  • Mixed results on overall satisfaction with evaluations
  • Adequacy of evaluation funding - and its surprising impact on outcomes
  • Major problems evaluators face
  • Limited awareness  of USAID evaluation guidelines
  • Information sources available and desired on development evaluation
  • Topics of interest to the evaluation community 

After the talk, you will know what needs to be done to improve evaluation practice generally - and specific steps that can be taken to meet these needs. 





Craig Charney, President, Charney Research 




Monitoring & Evaluation Workgroup Co-Chairs:


Geetha Nagarajan, Director, Evaluation, Development & Training Services, Inc.  


Eckhard Kleinau, Director, Center for Integrated Services & Program Science, Futures Group and GRM International



Organizer :
  • Society for International Development