O-4: Developing National Evaluation Systems in the Public Service

Objectifs de la formation

Participants will be able to differentiate and appreciate linkages between evaluation systems, government-wide M&E systems, and how evaluation systematically feeds into public service policy, planning, budgeting and management as well as other regional and global systems; understand the role of different components of evaluation systems and make decisions about which components might be needed


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.

The workshop draws from documented experiences of governments that have evaluation systems. It explores both the technical and cultural/political elements of institutionalization of evaluations within the public service. It also examines how formalization of evaluation within management of public services strengthens the use of evidence in the public policy.

Domaines de compétences
  • Methodenkompetenzen / Methodische Kenntnisse
Personne responsable / Institution (incluant une brève description)

Instructor 1: Matodzi Amisi, leader of the National Evaluation Systems practice at the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results at Wits University.

Instructor 2: Ian Goldman, Head of Evaluation and Research and DDG in South Africa’s Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) from 2011 to June 2018.


5 days

Public(s) cible(s)

M&E staff in governments, International development agencies, VOPEs, academics

Autre(s) information(s)

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

Condition(s) de participation

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.