Evaluations and Assessments

 

Evaluation is like taking the journey inwards – to prepare for the long leap forward

 

Why do organizations go for evaluations of their projects and programmes?

 

It’s being true to oneself, to learn lessons, to internalize them, to build them into next phase or next project or programme and to protect the organizations from making the same costly mistakes, again. Does this sound too simplified? Sure, but it is the crux of all efforts spent on evaluation. There should not be any intention to tie somebody down in knots. If indeed there is a blame game, then it’s one of the aberrations one must avoid.

 

Red Flag understands the issues and aberrations involved in conducting evaluations that come in many hues and colours. Its consultants are well chosen to deliver on the client needs whether they are from private sector, public sector, NGOs, or government sector. Evaluations are project/programme specific but follow certain well defined project planning tools and techniques such as Logical Framework analysis.

 

The needs of the clients vary depending upon the nature of their business or their purpose of conducting evaluations. Most common approaches are characterized by the client needs for testing accountability framework, studies on policy statements and their implementation, testing the working of programmes, understanding the impact of decisions or targeted at allaying the concerns arising from public relations, political controls or experimental research.

 

The methods of evaluation are as kaleidoscopic as the approaches possibly could be. Apart from the case studies, survey methods, statistical analysis and model building, there are several other methods and techniques, quantitative and qualitative, that are normally built into our evaluation and assessment studies.

The methods of evaluation are as kaleidoscopic as the approaches possibly could be. Apart from the case studies, survey methods, statistical analysis and model building, there are several other methods and techniques, quantitative and qualitative, that are normally built into the evaluation studies.

  • Benchmarking

  • Root Cause analysis

  • Data mining

  • Impact analysis

  • Sampling methods

  • Delphi techniques

  • Statistical analysis

  • Project management reviews

  • Surveys

  • Interview based studies

Examples

  1. Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA).

  2. Assessing the Ethical framework

  3. Project/Programme  evaluations based on Logical Framework analysis.

  4. Testing accountability framework

  5. Studies on policy statements and their implementation,

  6.  Understanding the impact of decisions