How the world works

Chris Blattman has written a very nice blog about the questions to pose when setting up projects and programmes and when evaluating them: "Why “what works?” is the wrong question: Evaluating ideas not programs".

His first remark is to not ask the question "what works" in development aid, but to ask "how does the world work? and how does this intervention fit into that world?". Another remark (or ingredient) he poses is that we "need to design for generalizability", or in other words: test the same key ideas and assumptions in different settings in order to test how interventions contribute to "how the world works" (and can be changed).

Tuesday 26 July 2016 - 08:53 am | | Organisational learning, Monitoring and evaluation, All