Below are links to a paper I wrote exploring why evaluating impact is so fraught and how communities, NGOs, funders and evaluators can work together better. The paper, entitled Building a better ecosystem for supporting our communities and the role of evaluation, was was written for the journal “Evaluation Matters – He Take Tō Te Aromatawai”, based on my keynote presentation to the excellent and enlightening 2016 Conference of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association.
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In this paper I explore the inter-relationships between communities, NGOs, funders and evaluators using an imaginary but plausible story, and from this draw lessons on how we can work together better to support our communities. The bottom line? “The relationships and dynamics between the various players in the ecosystem – communities, NGOs, funders and evaluators – are not as good as they could be. Happily, there is much we can do to improve this.”