3 Responses

  1. Simon Ernst
    Simon Ernst April 30, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Glad you liked this evaluation Joanna. I should clarify that although this evaluation was led by an ODE staff member, the team did also include a consultant, Kate Sutton, whose contribution was invaluable.

    1. Jo Spratt
      Jo Spratt February 24, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Thanks for the clarification, Simon. Yes, I did notice that in the summary of the report but had been given contrary information. Great to have Kate’s work acknowledged again.

  2. Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte
    Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte April 21, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Well said, Joanna. Good evaluations (as you note, undertaken within often difficult resourcing constraints) offer critical opportunities for policy and programming improvement. There is a real opportunity here: yet the urgency in many evaluations – particularly of the summative kind – and the slow nature of bureaucratic adjustment don’t sit easily together. I’m not sure what the answer is. Perhaps engaging evaluators to help drive the implementation process is one option. Having a really senior DFAT person engage courageously with it could also move things along. It is hard to know whether the fairly standard promise to consider and explore is weak or there is more afoot here. Let’s hope it’s the latter.

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