Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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THE ROLE OF CULTURE IN EVALUATION - LESSONS LEARNED FROM AFRICA

Author, Copyright Holder: 
Laura Gagliardone

Over the past years, the role of culture in evaluation has acquired respect and importance because its comprehension helps at telling a more complete story of what is happening to and with program participants. Developmental specialists and evaluators are called to operate in a way that reflects the historical, social, cultural, political and economic contexts of people while planning, developing and implementing programs as well as monitoring, evaluating and disseminating the results. Recognizing and understanding the cultural context allows specialists to address precise questions, collect quality data from the right people and places, draw valid and meaningful conclusions and yield results in formats that are both relevant and useful to stakeholders.