Evaluation Methods and Resources
At IDRC, we expect an evaluation’s purpose to determine how it is done. Because our approach is use-focused, our evaluations can have a number of purposes (formative, summative, developmental), any type of data (quantitative, qualitative, mixed), any design (naturalistic, experimental), and any focus (processes, outcomes, impacts, cost-benefit, etc.). The evaluation`s quality is judged on its accuracy, ethics, feasibility, and use.
Where evaluation approaches didn’t already exist, we have worked with some of the best experts to create and test new ones. These methods are rigorous, learning-oriented, and relevant to the complexities of development research. You might find them useful:
Highlights and Guidelines
Learn more about how to improve the quality and consistency of evaluations by reading our series of evaluation highlights and evaluation guidelines.