Developing national evaluation systems in the public service


- Expose participants to key components of an evaluation system (building blocks of an evaluation system);

- Expose the participants to different kinds of evaluation systems from different countries and sectors, focusing on public sector systems;

- Make participants aware of how to implement evaluation systems at national, subnational and sectoral levels.


Can evaluation of policies and programmes help governments better respond to complex social, political and economic problems? Does it matter if governments do not entrench evaluations as an essential part of public service management and public policy implementation? Countries face unprecedented development pressures; growing inequality, political disruptions, threats brought by climate shifts. Join us in this workshop to explore how institutionalization of evaluations of public policies and programmes through National Evaluation Systems enables governments to generate and use evidence to tackle complex problems.

There is a growing interest to develop country evaluation systems at national and sub-national levels. Canada, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda, Benin etc. have established systems that have been functional for a number of years. Countries like Ghana, Niger, Kenya and Botswana are working on national systems of different forms. At sector level, ministries in different countries have often developed sectoral M&E systems to guide monitoring and evaluation practice.

  • Methodenkompetenzen / Methodische Kenntnisse
Durchführende Person/en bzw. Institution/en (inkl. kurzer Vorstellung)

Matodzi Amisi, Ian Goldman

Umfang (Dauer)

min. 13h and max. 20h over a period of 5 days


- M&E staff in governments at national and sub-national levels to understand how they can approach their work systematically and support institutionalization of evaluation in their ministries/government broadly;

- International development agencies worki

Sonstige Angaben

This workshop is mid-level, some basic understanding and experience with monitoring and evaluation is required for participants to get substantial benefit from the workshop.


Participants should already understand what is evaluation, what are basic evaluation concepts and have at least worked in/with monitoring, evaluation or research. The workshop is about institutionalization of evaluation within the public service, although the course will introduce participants to some basic public service management concepts, basic understanding or exposure to public service/public policy will be beneficial to participants.