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Practice Advice in Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Fostering an Evaluation Culture (OECD)

Description: The government can support an evaluation culture that encourages innovation and adaptation to a changing environment. The basic message should be that to stay relevant, organisations need to continue learning from feedback about results.

Commentary:

  • Support for evaluations is demonstrated through willingness of politicians, policy managers and central management agencies (e.g., Ministry of Finance), to make effective use of policy advice generated in evaluations.
  • Demand for evaluation needs to be generated, specified and articulated by internal and external stakeholders. Evaluations without “ownership” by stakeholders are unlikely to have an effect. Institutional barriers to evaluation such as internal resistance can be reduced through consultation, aiming at creating mutual trust.
  • Training and professional dialogue, competent evaluators, well-informed commissioners and enlightened and enthusiastic users all contribute to an evaluation culture.

 Source: OECD (1998). Best Practices Guidlines for Evaluation at http://www.oecd.org/governance/budgetingandpublicexpenditures/1902965.pdf (accessed 23 November, 2012).

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon on 23 November 2012. Updated by Ian Clark on 2 January 2013. The content presented on this page is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases. This material does not necessarily reflect the official view of the publishing organization.

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