Guidelines for Outcome Evaluators
This publication, Guidelines for Evaluators, is the first in the companion series to the Handbook on monitoring and Evaluating for Results. The Handbook provides an overall context for results-based monitoring and evaluation and reviews tools and techniques for planning and managing monitoring and evaluation activities. The Handbook, however, is primarily directed to programme managers. This publication is specifically for those who actually conduct evaluations. It complements the Handbook by providing guidance on outcome evaluations as they relate to the evaluators.
Guidelines for Evaluators presents a conceptual review of outcome evaluation, identifies key differences between outcome and project evaluations, and provides a framework methodology for conducting outcome evaluations. It also includes a sample outline for an outcome evaluation report.
As a useful and concise resource for outcome evaluators, this publication should be consulted as early as possible in the evaluation process. It is recommended that UNDP country offices provide a copy of guidelines for Evaluators to their outcome evaluators. The publication may be included, for example, as an annex to the evaluation terms of reference.
Part I Rationale for Outcome Evaluation
A. Concept and objectives
B. Guiding principles
1. Pre-eminence of outcome
2. Flexible blueprints
3. Awareness building
C. Outcome versus project evaluation
D. The importance of outcome monitoring for outcome evaluation
Part II Outcome Evaluation Methodology
A. Categories of analysis
Step One: Ascertaining the status of the outcome
Step Two: Examining the factors affecting the outcome
Step Three: Assessing the contributions of UNDP
Step Four: Assessing partnerships for changing the outcome
B. Data compilation and analysis
C. Agenda setting
D. Using indicators
E. Offering recommendations and rating
F. Organizing the report
2. Preparation and submission