Simple, complicated and complex perspectives on accountability and Three Cups of Tea controversy

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I’m hopeful that the current controversy over Greg Mortenson’s book ‘Three Cups of Tea’ and the operations of the related NGO ‘Central Asia Institute’ (detailed in John Krakauer’s book Three Cups of Deceit and a 60 minutes story) will lead to improvements in how development interventions and organizations are planned, implemented, evaluated and reported.

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Is evaluation really useful for accountability?

We often see evaluation justified in terms of improving accountability (and learning). Recently, I’ve been wondering how realistic this really is.

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7 myths about systems approaches to evaluation

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This week’s conference on ‘Systemic approaches in evaluation’, hosted by GIZ in Frankfurt showcased some useful approaches to evaluation (which will be made available on the conference website soon). It also highlighted some common myths about systems approaches to evaluation:

1. Systems approaches are about including everything

This is impossible. And trying to

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How can transparency efforts adequately report on long-term and hard to measure results?

Public reporting is an important part of genuine evaluation. But is there a risk that programs with long-term outcomes will receive less support than they deserve? The latest developments in the British Government’s move for more transparency. .

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“Ripping off the cloak of secrecy” – British PM pledge

New UK Government commits to “ripping off the cloak of secrecy”. How long will this thirst for transparency last? . .

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