This study argues that the political economy of a country conditions the
opportunities for evaluation to be used in policy processes.
Consequently, evaluation capacity development practices need to be
undertaken in a manner that works towards development with the
prevailing political economy. Political economy issues become less
evident as analysis moves from the policy space towards technical
delivery, but still impacts upon the way evaluation processes unfold.
This argument has been developed through synthesising findings from the
case studies in five African countries; namely, Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi,
Rwanda and Zambia. These studies mapped evaluation demand and supply
with consideration for the political economy. In undertaking the
mapping, this study found that there is potential rather than actual
technical capacity to manage, undertake and demand evaluations. This is
a major constraint on the use of evaluation. High-quality evaluations
are more often commissioned and managed by development partners than
government, which means that they are less likely to be used in policy.
There are, however, some notable examples of development partner led
evaluations being used. In some cases universities, think tanks and
civil society actors in the country have some good technical capacity
and can navigate the political context in a manner that promotes
development rather than self-interest. Such technically good and
politically savvy evaluation actors offer entry points to evaluation
capacity development efforts.
The report comprises the following sections: First, the framework that
guided the research; second, the approach and methodology used; third,
the political economy context of the countries; fourth, a mapping of
evaluation demand and supply; fifth, a framework to assist future
diagnostic work; finally, the last section offers some concluding
Porter, S.; Feinstein, O. Demand for and supply of evaluations in selected Sub-Saharan African countries. Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results Anglophone Africa (CLEAR-AA), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (2014) viii + 44 pp.
Demand for and supply of evaluations in selected Sub-Saharan African countries.