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Context-sensitive monitoring and evaluation for the World Bank


  • Ronald D. Brunner



This article sketches a preliminary design for a new system of monitoring and evaluation in support of a program on New Bank Practices in Civic Engagement, Empowerment, and Respect for Diversity (CEERD) in the World Bank. The new practices bring to the foreground uncertainties and ambiguities arising from the human factors in empowerment and development. Consequently, a system of monitoring and evaluation must be context-sensitive, taking into account differences and changes in context. Meaningful indicators of success or failure, and assumptions about responsibility for them, cannot be specified reliably in project agreements in advance of implementation. Specification in advance could inhibit the improvisations necessary to deal with unanticipated problems and opportunities in the implementation process on the ground.

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  • Ronald D. Brunner, 2004. "Context-sensitive monitoring and evaluation for the World Bank," Policy Sciences, Springer;Society of Policy Sciences, vol. 37(2), pages 103-136, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:policy:v:37:y:2004:i:2:p:103-136

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