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Short-term consultancy and collaborative evaluation in a post-conflict and humanitarian setting: Lessons from Afghanistan


  • Ridde, Valéry
  • Goossens, Sylvie
  • Shakir, Sahibullah


In humanitarian and post-conflict settings, evaluations are rarely participative due to constraints such as limited time, resources or expertise. External evaluators control most of the process while stakeholders are the most consulted but are rarely participants. Yet, we believe that not all evaluators are comfortable with that sort of practice and that it is possible to involve stakeholders in the evaluation process in the field. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate, that even in a post-conflict setting such as Afghanistan in 2003, a short term consultancy allowed for the adoption of a collaborative and useful evaluation approach. After the description of the whole process in order to facilitate its reproduction by humanitarian evaluators, we discuss strengths and weaknesses of the process and highlight some positives and negatives factors affecting the use of evaluation finding.

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  • Ridde, Valéry & Goossens, Sylvie & Shakir, Sahibullah, 2012. "Short-term consultancy and collaborative evaluation in a post-conflict and humanitarian setting: Lessons from Afghanistan," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pages 180-188.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:epplan:v:35:y:2012:i:1:p:180-188
    DOI: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2010.11.007

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    1. Holte-McKenzie, Merydth & Forde, Sarah & Theobald, Sally, 2006. "Development of a participatory monitoring and evaluation strategy," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 365-376, November.
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    1. D’Ostie-Racine, Léna & Dagenais, Christian & Ridde, Valéry, 2013. "An evaluability assessment of a West Africa based Non-Governmental Organization's (NGO) progressive evaluation strategy," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 71-79.


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